Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas has announced ISU has formed the ISU Charlotte Fire Task Force to continue offering support to members of the ISU community and greater Pocatello community affected by the Charlotte Fire.

A particular focus of the task force will be helping those of the ISU community — faculty, staff, students, emeritus faculty and retirees — who have been affected. The task force is in the process of making an accurate assessment of what is needed by those affected by fires.

If you'd like to communicate what would be helpful, offer solutions or offer yourself as a potential volunteer:


General Information

A general information number has been established for Mink Creek residents who seek an escort or have questions about any fire-related issues in the closed area. The number is 221-8988.

Free Counseling

The Idaho State University Department of Counseling's Pocatello Counseling Clinic and the ISU Counseling and Testing Center will offer free counseling to any individual or family wanting support as they cope with loss and trauma caused by the Charlotte Fire.

The ISU Pocatello Counseling Clinic is located on the seventh floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU campus. The clinic phone number is 240-1609.

The ISU Testing and Counseling Center is located in Room 351 of Graveley Hall and its phone number is 282-2130.

Charlotte's Garden Project

The Charlotte's Garden Project asks gardening neighbors across Southeast Idaho to save seeds from their plantings through the summer and fall and pass them on to those affected by the fire. For more information, see the following press release or the Charlotte's Garden website.

Nonprofit Assistance Resource Guide

The Charlotte Fire — Nonprofit Assistance Resource Guide is a large list of free services available to those impacted by the fires.

Fundraisers and Charitable Events

The following have collected donations for fire victims:
Calvary Chapel Pocatello (1633 Olympus Dr; 237-9500)
Salvation Army (400 N 4th Ave.; 232-5318)
St. Vincent de Paul (855 S 2nd Ave.; 478-2062)
Deseret Industries (580 Roosevelt; 232-5174)

DEQ Information Sheet

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has released a letter and information sheet about environmental and public health issues that should be considered as the clean-up and rebuilding process begins.

Lion's Club Assistance

The following forms include information about the assistance available to fire victims by the Lions Clubs of eastern Idaho, in connection with the Lions Clubs International Foundation:

In Response to the Charlotte Fire
Charlotte Fire Response Instructions
Charlotte Fire Disaster Relief Form

Southeast Idaho Volunteers

A special volunteer database has been set up for people who are interested in volunteering for current and upcoming activities as well as for a variety of other worthwhile endeavors:

Paid Administrative Leave

In order to assist our ISU faculty and staff directly impacted by the Charlotte Fire, ISU is prepared to grant paid administrative leave for time off work for those in need in order to deal with issues as a result of the fire. On a case-by-case basis, an employee must complete a paper time-sheet with a notation of the specific time off work and the reason for the administrative leave, then submit and time-sheet to the supervisor and department director / dean for recommended approval. The department / college must submit the time-sheet to David Miller, Director of Human Resources, for final approval prior to normal time-sheet processing deadlines.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions.

Classified employee paper time-sheet

Faculty and non-classified paper time-sheet

What To Do After a Fire

  1. Is anyone NOT insured?
  2. Home security and site security until it can be reoccupied
  3. Save all receipts
  4. Notify Mortgage Company
  5. Property Inventory
  6. Temporary Postal Service
  7. Temporary storage of household items
  8. Damaged Currency or Coin replacement
  9. Tax assistance related to the fire
  10. Landscaping assistance
  11. Help with emotional needs
    1. Try to return to as many of your personal and family routines as possible.
    2. Get rest and drink plenty of water.
    3. Limit exposure to sights and sounds of disaster, especially television, radio and newspapers.
    4. Focus on the positive.
    5. Recognize your own feelings.
    6. Reach out and accept help from others.
    7. Do something you enjoy. Do something as a family you have enjoyed in the past.
    8. Stay connected with your family and/or other support systems.
    9. Realize that, sometimes, recovery can take time.
    10. Don't hesitate to get help if needed.
  12. Document Replacement Checklist

Replacement Documents/Contact Information

Driver's license, Auto registrationDepartment of Motor Vehicles
Bank books (checking, savings, etc.)Your bank, as soon as possible
Insurance policiesYour insurance agent
Military discharge papersDepartment of Veterans Affairs
PassportsPassport service
Birth, death and marriage certificatesBureau of Records in the appropriate state
Divorce papersCircuit court where decree was issued
Social Security or Medicare cardsLocal Social Security office
Credit cardsThe issuing companies, as soon as possible
Titles to deedsRecords department of the locality in which the property is located
Stocks and bondsIssuing company or your broker
WillsYour lawyer
Medical recordsYour doctor
WarrantiesIssuing company
Income tax recordsThe IRS Center where filed or your accountant
Citizenship papersU.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Prepaid burial contractIssuing company
Animal registration papersHumane Society
Mortgage papersLending institution

More information will be posted as more services are offered.


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