Human Development

Effectively parenting during an active fire and its aftermath may seem near impossible, especially when tensions are high, and stress and uncertainty rule daily life. When you feel like there’s nothing you can do, just know you can at least control how to help your children through this time. Children look to their parents, teachers, and other caregivers to learn how to cope during and after the events; turning to them for information, comfort, and help. Responding to their needs and worries in a healthy way will help them deal with all of the complex emotions associated with traumatic experiences.

In the aftermath of a disaster, there is often a media storm of coverage for days if not weeks. Media coverage can be confusing and stressful for children. Here are guidelines for helping children understand media coverage and limit their exposure.
 
Processing Emotions During Disaster Recovery
Experiencing a disaster is devastating in many ways, especially in terms of emotional health and mental well-being. Learn about different emotions that may arise in response to a disaster and tips for navigating tough emotions to start the process of healing.

 

Environmental Health & Housing


Smoke Removal and Fire Cleanup in the Home
The good news is you did not lose your home, but evidence of the wildfire is all through your belongings. This document contains some actions you can take to get things back to normal.
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Nutrition & Food Safety

In the aftermath of fire, people are left to salvage their lives and belongings. Whether it’s the whole house involved or just a fire in the kitchen, people try to save what they can —including food.
 

Consumer Economics


Replacing Important Documents

Information on how to replace birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce certificates in case of disaster.

Application to obtain a copy of a birth certificate in case of disaster. 

Application to obtain a copy of a death certificate in case of disaster.

Application to obtain a copy of a divorce certificate in case of disaster.

Application to obtain a copy of a marriage certificate in case of disaster.

Information regarding replacement fees for important documents in case of disaster.

Information regarding proper identification required to replace important documents in case of disaster.

Information regarding replacing Naturalization or Citizenship Papers in case of disaster.

Application for replacement of Naturalization or Citizenship Documents in case of disaster.

Instructions for application for replacement of Naturalization or Citizenship Documents in case of disaster.

Poverty guidelines for fee waiver request for replacement of naturalization/citizenship documents in case of disaster.

Request for fee waiver for replacing naturalization/citizenship documents in case of disaster.

Instructions for request for fee waiver for replacing naturalization/citizenship documents in case of disaster.

Instructions for replacing Federal Income Tax documents in case of disaster.

Request document for a copy of Tax Return in case of disaster.

Instructions regarding replacing military records in case of disaster.

Instruction and information sheet for SF 180, request pertaining to military records in case of disaster.
 

Insurance and Other Recovery Assistance

When a disaster occurs that damages your home or other property, documenting the damage is very important. Whether you’re filing for insurance, seeking assistance or claiming a casualty tax deduction, you will need proof of your losses.

These tips will guide you in filing insurance claims for damage to your home and loss of personal property after a disaster.

If you rent or lease an apartment, house or mobile home and the structure is damaged in a natural disaster, read your lease carefully to determine what you need to do regarding damages, terminating the lease, and securing emergency or temporary housing. Regardless of what the lease states, your landlord has a legal obligation to provide fit and habitable premises and to make any repairs necessary to keep the premises livable and usable.
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Community Health

Disasters can bring about significant stress. Each positive action you take can help you feel better and more in control.


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