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Sheriff’s Office provides helpful information on what to do after a fire

By ThisIsReno

WCSO NEWS RELEASE

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform residents whose homes were impacted by the Washoe Fire to contact the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-992-5757. The Crisis Call Center will provide information on what steps to take to recover from a wild land fire.

Citizens can also download this information at www.washoecounty.us by clicking on the Emergency Announcement link. This brochure includes information that may be helpful to you in this time of crisis.

Local authorities would also to like to inform all residents impacted by the Washoe Fire to be aware of scams in which imposters pose as contractors, builders or reputable charities. During and after a tragedy or disaster, imposters lead a person to believe that repairs can be completed without verifying credentials or licenses. Also, be aware of charitable organizations with copy-cat names similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities.

Don’t be pressured into making a split second decision about repairs or donations. Reputable businesses and charities do not use pressure tactics.

For local information on builders and contractors, contact The Builders Assosiation of Northern Nevada at 775-329-4611 or www.thebuilders.com or the Nevada State Contractors Board at 775-688-1141 or www.nvcontractorsboard.com. For donations, contact the American Red Cross at 775-856-1000 or at www.redcross.org.

The Sheriff’s Office urges the public to report suspicious persons, vehicles, activities or circumstances to law enforcement immediately by calling 775-832-WCSO (9276). In case of an emergency, do not hesitate call 911.

A recommendation from authorities is that those impacted by the Washoe Fire work directly with their insurance providers.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 24th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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