After our home burned in a Colorado wildfire, I searched in vain for a guidebook or tips to tell me what to do next. There was lots of pre-fire advice (mitigate, videotape possessions, check your insurance policy, etc.) but nothing to help us cope with the aftermath.
Recovering from a wildfire is almost a part time job. You will need a great deal of patience – with yourself and with others – to get through the months and year(s) ahead.
This Recovery Tips Booklet will give you practical advice from people who have “been there” – they too lost it all in a wildfire.
Download Wildfire Survivors Tips Booklet (April 2018)
You will get through this. Two or three years from now, it’ll seem like it was another lifetime. It’s probably hard to imagine at this point, but there will be some good things that come your way. At the very least, you’ll discover how very kind, supportive and generous people will be as you go through this process. There is never anything good about loss of life, but you may discover that the stuff you lost can (almost) all be replaced.
I will add to this booklet in the months ahead. If you’d like to contribute a few helpful tips, please contact me and I’ll be sure to insert them into the next revision.
Laura Lollar, wildfire survivor