After a Fire

Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

United States Fire Administration (USFA) has gathered the following information to assist you in this time of need. Action on some of the suggestions will need to be taken immediately. Some actions may be needed in the future while others will be ongoing. The purpose of this information is to give you the assistance needed to assist you as you begin rebuilding your life.

Notes and Information

For more information, contact:
United States Fire Administration
16825 S Seton Avenue
Emmetsburg, MD 21727
Phone: 301-447-1000

You may also view the following resources:
  1. The First 24 Hours

    Find out what steps to immediately take to begin recovering from a fire.

  2. Valuing Your Property

    You will encounter different viewpoints on the value of your property in adjusting your fire loss or in claiming a casualty loss on your federal income tax. Knowing the following terms will help you understand the process used to determine the value of your fire loss.

  3. Property Restoration & Replacement of Documents

    There are companies that specialize in the restoration of fire damaged structures. Whether you or your insurer employs this type of service, be clear of who will pay. Keep in mind the documents you will need to replace if they are destroyed.

  4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Find answers to FAQs regarding what to do after a fire on you property.