Leaving Your Home

Keep the following in mind when leaving your home after a fire.
  • Contact your local police department to let them know the site will be unoccupied. If you live within Marietta's city limits, call 770-794-5300.
  • In some cases it may be necessary to board up openings to discourage trespassers.
  • Beginning immediately, save receipts for any money you spend. These receipts are important in showing the insurance company what money you have spent related to your fire loss and also for verifying losses claimed on your income taxes.

Essential Items


If it is safe to do so, try to locate the following items:
  • Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids or Other Prosthetic Devices
  • Identification, Such as Driver's Licenses and Social Security Cards
  • Insurance Information
  • Medication Information
  • Valuables, Such as Credit Cards, Bank Books, Cash and Jewelry

Officer in Charge


Check with the officer in charge of the operations going on at your home. The officer is generally the one wearing either the red or the white fire helmet. Do not attempt to enter your house until that officer indicates that it is safe to do so. For your safety, you may be escorted into the building by a firefighter.