Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and whom to contact. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) has gathered information to assist you (PDF) in this time of need. Action on some of the suggestions will need to be taken immediately. Some actions may be needed in the future, while others will be ongoing. The purpose of this information is to give you the assistance needed as you begin rebuilding your life. Clayton Fire Department representatives are also available to assist in this process.