Resources for Californians - Fire Safety, Insurance
By Sarah Lane
Oct 2, 2008, 08:12

Resources for Californians - Fire Safety, Insurance

When we are faced with a situation such as the wildfires burning on the left coast we think, that will never happen to me. That’s what thousands of people thought before their homes went up in flames. While our website is popular all over the nation, we do recognize the needs of Southern Californians during this troubling time and we’d like to use our platform to help.

We’ve compiled a list of valuable resources that will help you get your life back in order . . .

Immediate Assistance

Residents facing potential danger can call the Red Cross Hotline at 1-866-GET-INFO for shelter locations, information on affected areas, and disaster safety information. You can also contact your local Red Cross Chapter.

What to Do After a Wildfire . . .
Here is a list compiled by the Red Cross with instructions concerning your safety and returning to your home.
Source:       American Red Cross

Wildfire Safety Information
This page provides you with a downloadable PDF concerning the practice of wildfire safety, protecting your home, what to do before a wildfire threatens, safety zones, how to plan your water needs, and what to do in the event you are advised to evacuate your home.
Source:       American Red Cross

FEMA News - California Wildfires Fact Sheet
See what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing to combat the recent outbreak of wildfires in Southern California.
Source:       FEMA

Resource Centers

Information on Federally Declared Disasters
Get information on 2003 Federal Disaster Declarations including major disasters, emergency declarations, fire management assistance, and visit the declared disaster archives.
Source:       FEMA

U.S. Fire Administration
“As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, the mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support.”
      Department of Homeland Security - FEMA
This website is an informational resource for eliminating residential fire-related deaths. Use the FireSafety Directory and Reference Materials.
Source:       Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Disaster Help - Fires
This page is loaded with resources including USDA Forest Service Fire Links, US Fire Administration Headlines, Firefighting Gov’t Resources, the Interagency Fire Center, and much more.

California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
This page from the CDF provides you with info on fire and emergency response, resource management and forestry, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Fire and Resource Assessment.

Insurance Agencies

Fireman’s Fund Responds to Deadly California Wildfires

The members of the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company are ready to assist those in need. Find out more here.
Source:       FFIC

This website has comprehensive resources set up including Help for California Fire Victims, a Catastrophe Information Center, and a Claim Center.
Source: AllState

Welcome to USAA
Here is all the info you’ll need to make a claim 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with USAA.
Source:       USAA

State Farm Insurance
State Farm Insurance holders can report a claim online from this page including those with catastrophe or weather related claims. Also find out how the claim process works.
Source:       SFI

Homeowner’s Insurance - Prudential Financial
Learn more about your homeowner’s insurance policy and get access to claim forms for Prudential Financial here.
Source:       Prudential Financial

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