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Tragedy can strike at any time. When it does, it can claim a single home, neighborhood or entire community. After the smoke clears, dust settles, or flood waters recede, the destruction left behind results in feelings of pain, loss, and hopelessness. As the shock begins to subside, a near paralyzing sensation often presents itself. Fear and apprehension over what to do next leads to stressful questions: “What do I do? Where do I go? Who can I trust?”

Recovery Information

The Red Guide to Recovery is a comprehensive, easy-to-read post incident recovery tool that walks disaster survivors step-by-step through the recovery process. Disaster survivors are often overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty after a loss caused by a natural or manmade disaster, and the handbook addresses such stress and uncertainty by providing the information and tools survivors need to cope with a disaster.

If you live in the unincorporated County of San Diego and are looking for information post-fire recovery, please visit

Erosion Control Resources

Many properties affected by the fire are now devoid of plant and/or landscaping materials. The resources below have been provided for property owners concerned with issues related to public health, ash and debris clean-up, and erosion control affecting their property.

Homeowners Erosion Handbook

Early Action Plan: Best Management Practices for Post-Fire Runoff, Erosion and Sediment Control

Frequently Asked Questions about the Cocos Fire  (May 2014)

Q: Does the City have something that shows when and for what duration parts of the City were evacuated.
A: Yes, the City has created maps that graphically show all evacuation areas and time frames during the Cocos Fire. This map should serve to document evacuation verification needs. However, if further information or assistance is required please contact the Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

Evacuation Maps (coming soon)