General Info: Available Resources


Schools and Education

HELPING HANDBOOK: A Resource for Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses Sonoma County Environmental Education Collaborative Post-Fire Resources for Educators in the North Bay


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

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Tax Assistance

Special Fee Waivers and Filing Extensions Emergency Tax Relief for Business Owners (CDTFA) Emergency tax or fee relief may be available for business owners or feepayers directly affected by disasters through the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly the State Board of Equalization (BOE). Relief may include the extension of tax return due dates, relief of penalty and interest, or replacement copies of records lost due to disasters. For questions or assistance

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Social Security

For information on applying for social security benefits, survivor benefits, or if you need assistance in expediting the delivery of your check delayed by the disaster, contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) automated telephone services at 1-800-772-1213, or to speak to a representative, call between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday (TTY/TDD for hearing or speech impaired: 1-800-325-0778, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST Monday through

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Additional Resources

Price Gouging The California Department of Real Estate issued a warning against price gouging for rental housing for victims of this year’s California wildfire. The Department is reminding licensees that price gouging is a criminal offense in counties where a state of emergency has been declared. The law on price gouging or taking advantage of consumers also applies to hotel and motel rates and to consumer food items and other goods and

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Rebuilding

Rebuilding After a Wildfire What you need to know when returning home after a wildfire Hire or File a Complaint regarding a contractor: The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) verifies contractor licenses, investigates complaints, and provides helpful information about hiring a licensed contractor. For information on hiring or filing a complaint regarding a contractor, disaster victims may call CSLB’s Disaster Hotline M-F from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 1-800-962-1125,

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Resources for Local Government

Emergency Housing and Local Shelter Crisis Ordinances Emergency Housing Information Bulletin (IB 2018-01) Emergency Housing Appendix – California Residential Code & California Building Code Shelter Crisis Government Code California Chapter of the American Planning Association The California Chapter of the American Planning Association has launched a program to provide volunteer professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout California and Baja California.  Click here for more information. Reasonable Modifications

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Housing Assistance

Compendium of Local Emergency Ordinances – Housing The CA Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) compiled a list of emergency ordinances and other actions by local government following the 2017 fires, which may serve as a helpful tool for recovery and rebuilding following fires or other disasters. Equal Housing Protection Homebuyers and Tenants Have Protection from Housing Discrimination Under California Civil Rights Laws Homeowners, homebuyers and tenants have protection from

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Consumer Awareness

Scams The Attorney General regulates charities and the professional fundraisers who solicit on their behalf. The purpose of this oversight is to protect charitable assets for their intended use and ensure that the charitable donations contributed by Californians are not misapplied and squandered through fraud or other means.  To view the information the Attorney General has on a specific charity, please click here. Price Gouging The California Department of Real

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Transportation

Caltrans QuickMap​​​​​ (Mobile Phone Link Here) The Caltrans QuickMap web page presents several types of real-time traffic inf​ormation 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. DMV The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers many services online. Fire victims who need to replace lost

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Food and Agriculture

No one in California should go hungry. Services are available to provide sustenance for impacted individuals and their families. CalFresh Program If you have been affected by a disaster and are in need of food assistance, you can apply for benefits through the CalFresh Program. To find out how to apply for benefits in your county, please call the toll free number 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD)or apply online at: www.benefitscal.org/  For more information

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Legal Assistance

Equal Housing Protection Homeowners, homebuyers and tenants have protection from housing discrimination under California Civil Rights laws through the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). DFEH is responsible for enforcing state fair housing laws that make it illegal to discriminate because of the categories listed below under “Who is Protected?” The law applies to landlords, real estate agents, home sellers, builders, mortgage lenders, and others. The law prohibits discrimination

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Record Replacement

Resources for record replacements can be found on this page. Listed below are state and county contacts that can be helpful in replacing records lost due to the fires. California Department Of Motor Vehicles: The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can respond to questions and provide the forms needed to assist individuals in replacing DMV documents, such as driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle cards certificates and certificates of title,

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Health Information

Fire Response and Recovery CalEPA and its departments assist local, state and federal agencies during and after major wildfires. The services provided include emergency air monitoring by the California Air Resources Board, identification and removal of hazardous materials by the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and debris and ash removal by CalRecycle. The State Water Resources Control Board monitors water quality and ensures debris removal activities include measures to contain

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Air Monitoring

Air Quality Now Check the air quality where you live with AirNow Alerts and levels given regularly for spare air and sensitivity groups https://monitoring.airfire.org/monitoring/AirNow Announcements How Smoke Can Affect Your Health U.S. Forest Service – Smoky Outside? Health Tips for Dealing with Wildfire Smoke (Video) Air Quality Resources Find additional air quality resources at Cal EPA and Air Resources Board. This AirNow page (by US EPA) displays individual air monitoring sites and the hourly average

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Employment Assistance

Job Services The California Employment Development Department (www.edd.ca.gov) and local partner agencies at all America’s Job Center of California SM locations throughout the state offer a wide variety of employment services, such as job search and referrals, and training. Job seekers and employers can connect with thousands of available job opportunities and qualified candidates through CalJobs SM, California’s online labor exchange system at www.caljobs.ca.gov. To find the nearest America’s Job Center

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