2020 Wildfires

Disaster relief resources

2020 Wildfires

Disaster relief resources

We are here to help.

We are providing this page as a resource for our Northern California community impacted by the fires across California.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the fires, and to our brave first responders who are working tirelessly to protect our neighborhoods.

CRC Builders is committed to support individuals and families during this difficult time.  Please contact us today to see how we can help you through this critical time.

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We are here to help.

We are providing this page as a resource for our Northern California community impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex fire, and other fires across California.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the fires, and to our brave first responders who are working tirelessly to protect our neighborhoods.

Disaster relief resources

If you’ve been evacuated or impacted by wildfire, access critical information or support here.

Disaster relief resources

If you’ve been evacuated or impacted by wildfire, access critical information or support here.

The first 30 days

Finding temporary shelter during the evacuation can be a challenge. We recommend finding nearby family or friends, AirBNB, or hotels.
If you have lost your home and are insured, many times you will be reimbursed for lodging, food and other expenses while you’re displaced. This will offer some time to find a longer term rental like AirBNB, VRBO, Zillow and other services that offer options for rentals. Please look into this options as they may offer discounts or special programs for disasters and/or evacuations. For individual and families that are not insured, you should find the nearest rescue shelter. Most shelters can provide food, clothing, and lodging, and they are trained to help you figure out next steps after a disaster.
If you have to evacuate animals or livestock, the American Red Cross’s Red Rover program can help.
When returing to check on your home please remember that the situation with the LNU Lightning Complex is still changing and it is imperative to follow local county orders.
To check on any damage your home may have sustained before your evacuation order is lifted, we recommend calling your local county by dialing 2-1-1.
If your home sustains substantial damage, access to your home without special permission will be prohibited until the debris is tested for toxic chemicals such as lead and asbestos.
After the lot is turned back over to you from the County, please maintain caution when you go back. Embers beneath the first layer of debris may flare back up when exposed to oxygen, and smoldering areas on the ground can be hard to spot.
Make sure to wear heavy duty boots, bring your mask, and avoid wooded areas, as trees may fall unpredictably for the next several weeks or longer after the wildfire has been contained.
Be safe, and when in doubt call your 2-1-1 to get advice from your local fire department. The American Red Cross and the Counties of Solano or Napa also have excellent resources on returning home safely.
After a large scale wildfire, most jurisdictions will open a disaster response center, in addition to shelter. There you can apply for replacement of your vital documents and inquire about all the government and non-profit resources available to survivors such as the American Red Cross, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), SBA (Small Business Administration), and other secular and non-secular community based organizations that provide aid after a disaster.

After a wildfire, most counties will open a disaster response center, in addition to shelters. There you can apply for replacement of your vital documents and ask about all the government and non-profit resources available to survivors such as the American Red Cross, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), SBA (Small Business Administration), and other secular and non-secular community based organizations that provide aid after a disaster.

If your home has been destroyed, your local post office will hold your mail, typically for up to 30 days.

Once you have determined where you’ll be, you can request mail forwarding through the USPS website here. Many important documents may come through the mail, including insurance correspondence, so it’s best to set this up as soon as you are able to.

In addition to mail, you may also need to cancel utilities to avoid being charged for services like garbage. Contact your utility directly to cancel these services.

Fleeing a wildfire or losing a home is devastating and can be a traumatizing life event. Trauma impacts everyone differently and can take many forms, so keep an eye out for symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, memory loss, or atypical emotional outbursts, which may indicate anxiety, stress, and/or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). These can show up weeks and months after the disaster.

If you or a loved one are struggling, there are resources available to help. Agencies like Sonoma County Health Department, NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness), and the American Red Cross can put you in touch with the right professionals to help you and your family on the road to emotional recovery. The Red Cross also offers free counseling through the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1(800) 985-5990.

It’s important to notify your insurance company within the first few weeks if you’ve incurred damage to your home.

If possible, talk to a specialist who represents homeowners before you are interviewed by your insurance provider in detail. They will ask you to make a list of items that you lost, as well as their estimated value.

Organize any invoices, contracts, permits, and other documents pertinent to your insurance claim in a binder, and add in notes from every time you talk to your insurance company.

Third party insurance adjusters are available to advocate for you in these discussions, but they do take anywhere from 5 to 20% of your insurance proceeds as payment.

CRC Builders can help you during this difficult time, and offer a free 1 hour consultations to those impacted by the 2020 wildfires – call us at 707-421-8924 or email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.

The county or state will eventually organize debris removal on your lot, but you can also opt to use a private debris removal service provider if you’d like to move more quickly, or if you want a better chance of preserving your home’s original foundation.

If you are able to preserve your foundation and reuse it in the future, this could save you tens or hundreds of thousands in rebuild costs.

If you choose to use a private debris removal provider, make sure that the company is licensed and insured. A few indicators of a reputable and well-managed debris removal company are uniformed employees, well-marked vehicles, and a good number of positive and unbiased customer reviews online.

Homebound has worked with many debris removal providers and can recommend local options across Northern California. Feel free to contact us at (707) 244-1101 or email [email protected] for debris removal advice.

The first 30 days

Finding temporary shelter during the evacuation can be a challenge. We recommend finding nearby family or friends, AirBNB, or hotels.
If you have lost your home and are insured, many times you will be reimbursed for lodging, food and other expenses while you’re displaced. This will offer some time to find a longer term rental like AirBNB, VRBO, Zillow and other services that offer options for rentals. Please look into this options as they may offer discounts or special programs for disasters and/or evacuations. For individual and families that are not insured, you should find the nearest rescue shelter. Most shelters can provide food, clothing, and lodging, and they are trained to help you figure out next steps after a disaster.
If you have to evacuate animals or livestock, the American Red Cross’s Red Rover program can help.
When returing to check on your home please remember that the situation with the LNU Lightning Complex is still changing and it is imperative to follow local county orders.
To check on any damage your home may have sustained before your evacuation order is lifted, we recommend calling your local county by dialing 2-1-1.
If your home sustains substantial damage, access to your home without special permission will be prohibited until the debris is tested for toxic chemicals such as lead and asbestos.
After the lot is turned back over to you from the County, please maintain caution when you go back. Embers beneath the first layer of debris may flare back up when exposed to oxygen, and smoldering areas on the ground can be hard to spot.
Make sure to wear heavy duty boots, bring your mask, and avoid wooded areas, as trees may fall unpredictably for the next several weeks or longer after the wildfire has been contained.
Be safe, and when in doubt call your 2-1-1 to get advice from your local fire department. The American Red Cross and the Counties of Solano or Napa also have excellent resources on returning home safely.
After a large scale wildfire, most jurisdictions will open a disaster response center, in addition to shelter. There you can apply for replacement of your vital documents and inquire about all the government and non-profit resources available to survivors such as the American Red Cross, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), SBA (Small Business Administration), and other secular and non-secular community based organizations that provide aid after a disaster.

After a wildfire, most counties will open a disaster response center, in addition to shelters. There you can apply for replacement of your vital documents and ask about all the government and non-profit resources available to survivors such as the American Red Cross, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), SBA (Small Business Administration), and other secular and non-secular community based organizations that provide aid after a disaster.

If your home has been destroyed, your local post office will hold your mail, typically for up to 30 days.

Once you have determined where you’ll be, you can request mail forwarding through the USPS website here. Many important documents may come through the mail, including insurance correspondence, so it’s best to set this up as soon as you are able to.

In addition to mail, you may also need to cancel utilities to avoid being charged for services like garbage. Contact your utility directly to cancel these services.

Fleeing a wildfire or losing a home is devastating and can be a traumatizing life event. Trauma impacts everyone differently and can take many forms, so keep an eye out for symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, memory loss, or atypical emotional outbursts, which may indicate anxiety, stress, and/or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). These can show up weeks and months after the disaster.

If you or a loved one are struggling, there are resources available to help. Agencies like Sonoma County Health Department, NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness), and the American Red Cross can put you in touch with the right professionals to help you and your family on the road to emotional recovery. The Red Cross also offers free counseling through the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1(800) 985-5990.

It’s important to notify your insurance company within the first few weeks if you’ve incurred damage to your home.

If possible, talk to a specialist who represents homeowners before you are interviewed by your insurance provider in detail. They will ask you to make a list of items that you lost, as well as their estimated value.

Organize any invoices, contracts, permits, and other documents pertinent to your insurance claim in a binder, and add in notes from every time you talk to your insurance company.

Third party insurance adjusters are available to advocate for you in these discussions, but they do take anywhere from 5 to 20% of your insurance proceeds as payment.

CRC Builders can help you during this difficult time, and offer a free 1 hour consultations to those impacted by the 2020 wildfires – call us at 707-421-8924 or email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.

The county or state will eventually organize debris removal on your lot, but you can also opt to use a private debris removal service provider if you’d like to move more quickly, or if you want a better chance of preserving your home’s original foundation.

If you are able to preserve your foundation and reuse it in the future, this could save you tens or hundreds of thousands in rebuild costs.

If you choose to use a private debris removal provider, make sure that the company is licensed and insured. A few indicators of a reputable and well-managed debris removal company are uniformed employees, well-marked vehicles, and a good number of positive and unbiased customer reviews online.

Homebound has worked with many debris removal providers and can recommend local options across Northern California. Feel free to contact us at (707) 244-1101 or email [email protected] for debris removal advice.

We’re here to help.

We’ve supported hundreds of families as they navigate the overwhelming process of recovering from a natural disaster.  Reach out to us at 707-421-8924 or email [email protected] our team is ready to help you rebuild and recover

Contact us

We’re here to help.

We’ve supported hundreds of families as they navigate the overwhelming process of recovering from a natural disaster.  Reach out to us at 707-421-8924 or email [email protected] our team is ready to help you rebuild and recover

Contact us