Whether you need information on local shelters, medical services, or employment assistance, this website offers a comprehensive listing of where to get started if you have been affected by the fires. Check back regularly as additional forms of assistance and resources may become available.
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, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov 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.
Applicant Briefing Schedule for Government & Other Organizations
FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations following a Presidential disaster declaration. Disaster survivors who need information on grant programs for homeowners and renters should visit FEMA’s Individual Assistance page.
Applicant Briefing Schedule for California
LINK HERE: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/public-assistance/applicants-briefings
Public Assistance provides grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of PNP organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. Through the program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly-owned facilities, and the facilities of certain PNP organizations. The PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.