What To Do After A Fire?

After the Fire

  • Before entering the property, check with the fire officials to make sure it is safe to re-enter.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Do not remove anything from the home until the insurance company has O.K.'d it.
  • Make sure your home is protected from the elements and illegal entry.
  • Cover all openings in windows, walls and damaged doors with plywood.
  • Make sure all other doors and windows that are in working order are locked and secured.
  • If the house is going to be unattended, contact the Jefferson City Police Department at the non-emergency number (573) 634-6400 and inform them of the situation.
  • If you RENT.... Contact the property owner or representative to inform them of the situation. It is the owner's responsibility to secure the property.
  • If you have renter's insurance contact your insurance agent immediately.

    Inform your insurance company that the City has an insurance proceeds ordinance to insure the repairs or demolition of the building occur without any cost to the city.

Utilities Tips

  • Your utilities may have been disconnected to protect you and the firefighters from the dangers of the gas or electricity.
  • If the temperatures are below freezing it will be important to protect the water pipes from freezing.
  • Only the utility companies may restore your utilities.
  • Have the mechanical, electrical and gas systems checked by a professional even if they do not appear damaged.

Other Important Tips

  • Be sure to protect your personal belongings from the elements, either inside the building or by moving them to a safe location.
  • Retain receipts from any money you spend. These receipts may be necessary for possible insurance reimbursements.
  • You may need to contact the following: Social Security Administration for new Social Security cards, Driver's License Bureau, credit card companies, newspaper and cable TV. Contact the post office to have your mail stopped or delivered to a different address.

Phone Numbers You May Need

Salvation Army (573) 634-8357
American Red Cross (573) 635-1132   http://www.redcross.org/ 
Samaritan Center (573) 634-7776
City of Jefferson Fire Department, Non Emergency (573) 634-6401
City of Jefferson Police Department, Non Emergency (573) 634-6400
City of Jefferson Building Inspection Division (573) 634-6409
Ameren 1 (800) 552-7583
Three Rivers Coop (573) 496-3051
Missouri American Water (573) 635-6111   After Hours (573) 636-8616
Water Dist 1 (573) 893-2848
Water Dist 2 (573) 635-7011