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California Wildfires And High Winds 2018

WILDFIRES AND HIGH WINDS HELP FOR PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA

Disaster Legal Hotlines

Shasta County: 1-800-822-9687

Lake County: 1-877-529-7700

Wildfires and highs winds from July 23, 2018 and continuing have affected areas of Shasta County in the state of California. On August 5, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of California to supplement supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster: 

  • Shasta County
  • Lake County

For DR-4382, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

California Wildfires and High Winds Disaster Number: 4382

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

September 10, 2018 

*For losses beginning the week of July 29, 2018.

Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance October 3, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. Deadline to apply with FEMA is October 3, 2018.
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates- California Wildfires and High Winds.
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • CALL - A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for those affected by this disaster. A legal hotline is now available for people impacted by the Carr Fire Shasta County, California and the Mendocino Complex Fire in Lake County, California. Disaster survivors facing legal issues related to the fires and who are unable to afford a lawyer may call the hotline at 1-800-822-9687 for Shasta County and 1-877-529-7700 for Lake County. The hotline hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Callers may also leave a message on either hotline. Click here for the full press release
  • For legal assistance and other disaster recovery information, please visit:
  • MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP: Summer 2018 California Wildfires Helping Handbook- The Handbook gathers in one place up-to-date, practical information on many subjects, including, among others, housing, government benefits, insurance, FEMA assistance, replacement of lost documents, and fraud prevention.
  • Legal Services of Northern California 
  • LawHelpCA.org
  • State Bar of California 
  • United Policyholders: Disaster Recovery Help
  • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources. 
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP