We know that disasters can leave you without resources to take care of you or your family. We’re here to help you get back on your feet. 

U.S. Economic Development Administration Disaster Supplemental Funding – Notice of Funding Opportunity

EDA is awarding $587 million in grants to eligible entities to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and wildfires and other 2017 natural disasters. EDA disaster grants will be made by regional offices under the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which can support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities. Through this program, EDA can support disaster recovery planning strategies as well as the implementation of disaster recovery projects. Projects, among other things, must have a nexus to applicable disaster recovery and resilience efforts and be consistent with at least one of the DOC Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities. EDA plans to accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated.

Federal Disaster Assistance Available for Disaster Survivors in October Wildfires

In October 2017, the President of the United States declared seven (7) counties a Major Disaster after the October wildfires (Read more about that here).  Survivors who primarily reside in Butte, Disaster assistance logoLake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties can apply online at or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Governor Brown Requested Federal Disaster Assistance for Southern California Wildfires in December

For the December 2017 wildfires, Governor Brown has requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster ongoing state and local recovery efforts in response to the Southern California wildfires (read his request letter to the President here).  Wildfire survivors in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego counties are awaiting a decision by the President to access FEMA assistance.

FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Program

FEMA offers Individual Assistance after a disaster to help begin your recovery. Our Individual Assistance page offers you a look at the steps and options available to you.

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FEMA Public Assistance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering extensive Public Assistance to counties affected by the statewide wildfires.

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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

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Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help small businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

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Special Fee Waivers and Filing Extensions

Emergency tax or fee relief is available for business owners or fee-payers directly affected by disasters.

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FEMA Critical Needs Assistance Program

Provides a one-time $500 payment for life-saving and life-sustaining items including but not limited to water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and transportation fuel.

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Grant Assistance

Through The California Department of Social Services, Disaster Services Bureau, can provide grant assistance through two programs. They are the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and the State Supplemental Grant Program (SSGP).

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