Returning Home After a Wildfire:
Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. The damage is often unknown until the homeowner returns days or weeks later. Before returning home ALWAYS check with officials before attempting to return to your home. Once home check for the following:
- Check grounds for hot spots, smoldering stumps, and vegetation.
- Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks or embers.
- Check the attic and throughout your house for any hidden burning sparks or embers.
- Check for fire damage to your home, turn off all appliances and make sure the meter is not damaged before turning on the main circuit breaker.
- Check the well or pump-house to ensure it is in working order.
- Contact 911 if any danger is perceived.
- Consult local experts on the best way to restore and plant your land with fire-safe landscaping.
Find out more about what to do on the CalFire web page at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire/
From Solano County:
Starting on Wednesday August 26th, 2020
Solano County residents impacted by wildfire who wish to learn the status of their property can call a new hotline started by the Solano County Office of Emergency Services.
The LNU Lightning Complex Fire has displaced thousands of residents and destroyed approximately 223 structures since it raced into Solano County late on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Since that time, Solano County OES has been working closely with CAL FIRE and PG&E to make areas of the fire zone safe. Many residents are still waiting for their neighborhood to be cleared for re-entry.
In the meantime, residents can call 784-1624. Solano County OES staff will inform residents to the best of their ability what the status of their property is. The hotline will be available until 9 p.m.
Solano County residents can also visit: Solanocountyrecovers.org. This site will provide you with information about the response and recovery efforts related to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire.
(additional information on their web page at (https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200824/applying-fema-disaster-assistance)
If you were impacted by the on-going wildfires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties, you may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Grants may help eligible survivors with financial assistance that include rent, home repair, home replacement and other disaster-related needs such as childcare, medical and dental expenses.
Before you apply, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage. Take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts related to home repair.
If you have uninsured or underinsured losses, contact FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov, download the FEMA app and register on your smartphone or tablet, or call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
Be prepared with the following information:
Social Security Number
Insurance policy information
Address of the damaged primary dwelling
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Total household annual income
Routing and account number of your checking or savings account (for direct transfer to your bank account)
After registering, create an account to check the status of your application, view messages from FEMA, update your personal information, and upload important documents.
If you are unable to upload your documents, mail them to FEMA at P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD, 20782-8055 or fax them to 800-827-8112.
If you have any questions, you please contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). For TTY call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), please call 800-621-3362.
Donation Information for the City of Winters:
In collaboration with the City of Winters, CA, the Winters Chamber of Commerce as well as several local businesses and community organizations, the Rotary Club of Winters will be collecting cash, check, and gift card donations to be distributed to those in the greater Winters area that were impacted by the fire. All donations are tax deductible.
Physical donation points are set up around town. Locations include: Buckhorn Steakhouse, Pacific Ace Hardware, Steady Eddy’s,Turkovich Wines, Berryessa Gap Tasting Room on Main Street ,and First Northern Bank.
Donations can also be made online from the Rotary Club of Winters Facebook page or in person at any First Northern Bank location.
Checks can also be mailed to Rotary Club of Winters Foundation, P.O. Box 565, Winters, CA 95694 (checks should be made to Rotary Club of Winters Foundation)