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California Wildfires 2018
California Wildfires 2018
WILDFIRES HELP FOR PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA
Disaster Legal Hotline Ventura County
Disaster Legal Hotline Los Angeles County
Disaster Legal Hotline Butte County
Wildfires affected areas in California beginning on November 8, 2018 and continuing. On November 13, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of California to 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. People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
- Butte, Los Angeles, Ventura (additional counties may be added)
For DR-4407, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.
Disaster Number: 4407
|Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance||Extended to Thursday, January 31, 2019|
|Small Business Administration Application||Extended to Thursday, January 31, 2019|
|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 January 11, 2019.
- For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates- California Wildfires.
- Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
- Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance: If you are unemployed due to a disaster or emergency, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI), Disability Insurance, or Paid Family Leave benefits. When authorized by the President, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) may also be available for workers and self-employed who do not qualify for regular UI benefits.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES
- TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINES are now available for wildfire survivors who cannot pay for an attorney:
- 1-800-345-9491 for those in Butte County
- 1-877 301-4448 for those in Ventura County
- 1-800-870-0732 for those in Los Angeles County
- Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with a lawyer who has volunteered to provide free legal limited assistance.
- COMPLETE ONLINE FORM - Pepperdine University School of Law is providing the Disaster Relief Clinic to offer pro bono, limited-scope legal services to people affected by the Southern California Wildfires of 2018.
- For legal assistance and other disaster recovery information, please review the following resources:
- Morrison & Foerster: Fall 2018 California Wildfires Helping Handbook- A Resource for Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses | Spanish Version Available Here / Manual de Ayuda - Un Recurso para Individuos, Familias y Pequeñas Empresas
- Camp Fire Butte County Resources by Legal Services of Northern California - Upcoming Free Legal Workshop: Mobile Home Rights - Presented by Legal Services of Northern California. December 11th at 4 p.m. Located at the Disaster Relief Center, 1982 E. 20th Street, Chico (the old Sears store). No RSVP required.
- LawHelpCA.org Disaster Relief Resources
- Ventura County Legal Aid - Disaster Resources
- The State Bar of California - Legal Help for People Impacted by the California Fires
- United Policyholders - UP specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues. Visit Camp Fire - Insurance Claim Help, Insurance Claims Checklist, and Woolsey Fire - Insurance Claim 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
- Department of Housing and Urban Development - Disaster Resources
- The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- American Red Cross Shelter Locator
ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP?
- Pro Bono Training Institute, New Disaster Relief Training Series - PBTI’s Disaster Relief training modules will teach trainees how to assist individuals in applying for various forms of disaster relief under the supervision of a trained legal aid attorney.
- Review Morrison & Foerster's Fall 2018 California Wildfires Helping Handbook- A Resource for Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses.
- Legal Services of Northern California is seeking private attorneys who live within driving distance of the Camp Fire who would like to volunteer their time to assist low income people affected by the fire. Please contact their Pro Bono Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
- The State Bar of California is working with local bar associations, legal services providers, law schools, and pro bono partners to coordinate the legal response for survivors of the Northern and Southern California wildfires. Register to volunteer via this online form.
- Complete this Volunteer Lawyer Form for Pepperdine University School of Law - Their Disaster Relief Clinic will offer pro bono legal services to people affected by the Southern California Wildfires of 2018. The Disaster Relief Clinic will provide community education, limited-scope representation, advice and counsel, and referrals to volunteer lawyers on matters related to the Wildfires. These matters likely will include applications and appeals for FEMA and other governmental benefits, insurance disputes, housing matters, business interruption, and related matters.
- Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
- Sign up to be a member of the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center (membership is free). This special practice area includes password-protected advocacy resources, a monthly training calendar email, and a series of roundtable discussions.
- Check https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/volunteer/ for volunteer opportunities updates.