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Utah Earthquake and Aftershocks
Utah Earthquake and Aftershocks
Please note this page is no longer being updated as of February 2021
Utah Earthquakes and Aftershocks 2020
The Disaster Legal Hotline is 1-800-662-4245.
On July 9, 2020, FEMA announced a major disaster declaration for Davis and Salt Lake Counties making federal funding available to individuals and businesses owners who sustained damage as a result of earthquake and aftershocks from March 18, 2020 through April 17, 2020. People who sustained property damage as a result of the disaster are urged to register with FEMA, as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance. People can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or Web-enabled device at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CT) seven days a week.
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for eligible applicants. SBA helps businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or damaged personal property. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries.
For more information, individuals may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing email@example.com, or visiting SBA’s website. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.
People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
- Davis County
- Salt Lake County
Only people in these counties can apply for FEMA benefits at this time. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for official updates.
|FEMA Application Deadline||September 7, 2020|
|Appeal Your FEMA Decision Letter||Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter|
Key resources for those impacted by the Earthquakes
Government Disaster Relief Benefits
Residents and businesses affected by the Utah Earthquakes and Aftershocks can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways. Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply).
SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.
For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's Updates Page.
Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for eligible applicants. For more information, you may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA’s website. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.
Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.
Legal Assistance and Other Resources
Low-income individuals facing legal issues as a result of DR-4548 may call 1-800-662-4245.
- Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Utah lawyers who can provide free, limited legal help. Survivors should be aware that there are some limitations on disaster legal services. Please see the press release for more information.
- This hotline will operate during normal business hours, 9 :00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Callers can leave a voicemail outside of normal business hours. When connected to the hotline, callers should provide their name, phone number, brief details of the assistance needed and what county they live.
Other Legal Help
- Utah Legal Services is a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) grantee program which provides free civil legal services to low income and seniors in the State of Utah.
- The Utah State Bar has a list of other helpful resources for the public.
- Utah Free Legal Answers - Ask Utah volunteer attorneys a specific question about your civil legal issue.an online
- Information from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster
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.
You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
Are you a volunteer attorney able to help with response efforts?
Attorneys who would like to provide legal help to the survivors of the earthquake and aftershocks can find out more about volunteer opportunities at Utah Legal Services.
Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a searchable member roster, and discussion lists.