November 2018 Fires: Available Resources


crimsonDue to a high number of wildfires this season, CalVet has gathered the following resources to help veterans and their families stay informed and get back on their feet following a natural disaster. We encourage all veterans to visit their local County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs) for assistance with filing claims, replacing service-related and benefits documents, and receiving job placement assistance. Find more information about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs operations

Read More

Disaster CalFresh available in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that, as part of the continuing disaster recovery effort, individuals and families impacted by the wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance. View the announcement for Los Angeles County View the announcement for Ventura County  

Unemployment Assistance

darkblueEDD Disaster-Related Services Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extension (12/14/18) Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extension (Spanish) (12/14/18) Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits now available for those affected by fires in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties (11/14/18) Twitter: Facebook:

Video Resources

Debris Removal

Safety Resources Property owners who desire to search debris from their properties for possible salvageable items, should do with caution and appropriate protective gear: eye protection, masks, and gloves. Cal OSHA Guidance for Contractor Employers

Volunteering as a State Employee

Volunteer Relief Leave Program The administration has authorized ATO for up to 5,000 permanent state employees who want to volunteer for fire relief work in Butte County. ATO is limited to 40 hours for eligible employees. To be eligible, employees must volunteer for a recognized Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) organization, in the county listed above. The recognized CalOES partner, Butte County can be found by following the link,  Find a

Read More

Disaster Recovery Assistance & Services

A sampling of available services and information to assist in recovery can be found here. Disaster Recovery Assistance and Services Brochure Disaster Recovery Assistance and Services brochure – español  

Local Assistance Centers

crimsonThe Local Assistance Center is a one-stop-shop with critical government services for residents who have been impacted by the fires. Replace lost or destroyed vital documents (ID, financial information, etc.) and get connected with support services. Business Recovery Centers The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. Businesses and private nonprofits my borrow up to $2 million dollars for physical damage and economic injury (working capital needs).

Read More

Resources for Individuals

Assistance to Individuals and Households-Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Fact Sheet FEMA Fact Sheet – Housing Options Rental Assistance through Individuals & Households Program (IHP) IHP provides tax-free grants (Rental Assistance) to households displaced from their primary residence by a federally declared disaster such as the wildfires. These need-based grants enable homeowners and renters to secure temporary housing while repairs are made to their pre-disaster primary residence or while transitioning

Read More

Housing Resources and FAQs

crimsonHousing Frequently Asked Questions If you have suggestions for Housing Solutions, please contact FEMA at Current Shelter Information For up to date shelter information, please go the the Red Cross website. American Red Cross One or more of several different programs or entities should be able to help you in these circumstances. First, various charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross may be able to provide assistance.

Read More

Housing Resources

Technical Advisories from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research CEQA Exemptions for Potential Application in Disaster Recovery Efforts CEQA exemptions outside of the CEQA statute CEQA Review of Housing Projects Fire Hazard Planning

Small Business Administration

SBA Stands Ready to Assist California Businesses and Residents Affected by the Wildfires SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to California businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon announced. The declaration covers Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties as a result of the wildfires that began Nov. 8, 2018. “SBA is strongly committed to

Read More

Federal Aid Programs for the State of California

Federal Aid Programs for the State of California Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s disaster declaration issued for the state of California. Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required: Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners

Read More

Debris Removal

The state is currently working on strategies for fire debris removal. In recent past wildfires, CalRecycle has used large general contractors, who use subcontractors to complete the work. CalRecycle maintains a list of interested contractors in fire debris removal work, which is available to all general contractors and subcontractors. As a contractor, you can then use the list to network and explore subcontracting opportunities. Once on the list, you will also be directly

Read More

Schools and Education

Wildfire Recovery FAQs for School Districts and Superintendents California Department of Education With multiple fires burning throughout the state, assistance is available for schools impacted and forced to close due to wildfires in Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles. The California Department of Education is working closely with school leaders and local educational agencies in the impacted areas to provide support. Read the press release here: State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces

Read More


California Department of Insurance Wildfire Resources Page The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is active in assisting fire victims with insurance related issues.  In an effort to assist victims of these devastating fires, they provide a plethora of resources on their website.

Health and Safety Resources

crimsonReturning Home After a Wildfire Interactive Camp Fire Evacuation Map  Air Quality Cal OES blog post N95 Mask information and locations Butte County Air Quality Management District – and Twitter – Ventura Air Pollution Control District – Twitter – South Coast Air Quality Management District – Twitter – Other Health and Safety Resources Fire Response and Recovery Resources Page (California Environmental Protection Agency) Wildfire Preparedness and Recovery Resources Page (Centers for Disease

Read More

State Employees

As a state employee, if you or a family member are impacted by the fires in California, you may be eligible to receive state benefits. As we have multiple fires burning throughout the state, you or your family might be impacted. Below is some helpful information about services available to State employees dealing with the evacuations and impacts, as well as links to websites that contain the latest information on

Read More

Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Area Agencies on Aging The California Department of Aging contracts with and provides leadership and direction to Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)that coordinate a wide array of services to seniors and adults with disabilities at the community level and serve as the focal point for local aging concerns. Cal OES Office of Access and Functional Needs The Cal OES Office of Access and Functional Needs has a website available

Read More

Road Closures

The Caltrans QuickMap presents several types of real-time traffic information layered on a Google Map. The information includes traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, incident reports, Changeable Message Sign (CMS) content, camera snapshots, and active chain control requirements. Clicking on a marker displays the information details in an info window pop-up. 

November 2018 Emergency Proclamations & Declarations

crimson Federal Disaster Declarations November 09, 2018 – California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Communities Impacted by Wildfires November 12, 2018 – Governor Brown Secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Support Communities Impacted by Wildfires – Cal OES News State of Emergency Proclamations November 09, 2018 – Acting Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Due to Fires November 08, 2018 – Acting Governor Newsom Declares

Read More

Local Contacts

Contacts and resources for the affected counties. Butte County Missing Persons Call Center Numbers (530) 538 – 6570 (530) 538 – 7544 (530) 538 – 7671 Please see the Butte County website for the missing persons list that is being kept by the Butte County Sheriff, if you have friends or family that you believe are unaccounted for. List of Rescued Animals from the Camp Fire Main county website – County Recovery

Read More

Current Shelters

Current Shelter Information For up to date shelter information, please go the the Red Cross website. If you have pets and are in need of a place to house them, please come to 2357 Fair Street, Chico. This is in the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds. Ease the minds of your loved ones – and find those you think may have been affected by California wildfires. Log on and register yourself

Read More

Volunteer and Donate

If you would like to donate, cash donations are preferred because they reduce the amount of labor and the expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Relief agencies can use cash to meet survivors’ specific needs more quickly while also supporting local economic recovery. Call 916-323-4982 for more information. For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General

Read More

November 2018 Information

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Regional personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the 2018 Wildfires. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state, along with strong winds and historic statewide drought have made ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California. Latest news from Cal OES on the Newsroom Blog Be sure to check out our

Read More


Tribal communities affected by the wildfires can find assistance through these websites which provide resources and information on preparedness, emergency management and other aid. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tribal Affairs FEMA Tribal Affairs provides contact(s) for each regional tribal liaison and information on how tribes can receive assistance through FEMA Programs. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Emergency Management Division BIA Emergency Management provides information on how BIA supports Tribes,

Read More