Prayers to everyone in Ventura!

Yet another fire raging in California.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the Thomas fire, and all other fires currently burning in Southern California.  After the fires in Santa Rosa, my wife and I put together this list of things that helped us when we lost our home in the 2008

Sitting and waiting.

Here I am at LAX 9 Years after the wildfire that took our home.  I’m headed to Santa Rosa to help our family that lost a home there.  Thankfully our experience has helped them to quickly act on a lot of the after fire checklist.  They are amazing and I cannot wait to give them

Bills – a harsh reality.

First – Cancel all your current utilities and/or ask for some sort of reprieve. (gas, electric, tv, land line, newspapers, magazine subscriptions, etc.) Second – Call your Mortgage Lender and explain the situation and you may be able to get a month to several month reprieve.  This can vary lender to lender, hopefully all will

Register with FEMA – even if you don’t think you need the assistance. 

The only way you have access to FEMA resources is to register. Even if you don’t think you need it, register. FEMA resources were essential to our recovery.   The fire our home was lost to was also declared a federal Major Disaster, as much of Southern California was on fire at that

Property Tax Reassessment – Disaster Provision

Sanoma County assessors office property tax information: Sanoma County Reassessment Form: If you have confirmation that your home has been destroyed this is yet another thing that will need to be done, but it will save you money while you rebuild, and it let’s you transfer your tax base after you rebuild or