Disaster Assistance and Recovery

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.

Communicating with your insurance company is an incredibly important part of the claims process. The insurance company may try to handle your claim by telephone, with no records.

Looking for Benefits? Answer questions to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Find out how to replace vital documents, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and more. 1) Replace Lost or Stolen Identification (ID) Cards; 2) Vital Records Documents Issued in the United States; 3) How to Replace Your Lost or Destroyed Vital Documents; 4) Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate; 5) Request a Replacement Marriage Certificate; 6) Request a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate Divorce Decrees and Certificates

Good faith; prompt, honest, and timely communications; fair claims; cooperative investigation; additional living expenses; adjusting and paying your dwelling claim; contractors; fair depreciation; examination under oath; and complaints.

Here you will find first steps after a fire and tips, tools and resources for recovering from a partial or total wildfire loss. Our main focus is on helping you navigate your insurance claim toward a full, fair and prompt settlement, but we also offer guidance on emotional recovery, debris removal, temporary living arrangements, government aid, construction issues, hiring professional help, and deciding how and if you will repair, rebuild or buy a replacement home.

Mediation is an informal, voluntary, non-binding process for conducting settlement negotiations between you and your insurance company.

This handbook provides an overview of some of the issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires that swept Northern California in October 2017. Please note that this handbook is current through October 20, 2017 — but by the time you read this material, the federal, state, and county governments may have enacted additional measures to assist victims of the fires that may affect some of the information we present.

Asset Management, Bank Accounts, Consumer Loans, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Insurance, Mortgages, and Regulations.

Major disaster delcaration delcared on Oct 10, 2017. Apply for federal assistance with FEMA. Designated counties (Individual assistance): Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, Yuba

You can also call 1 (800) 621 - 3362.

Find out how to acquire assistance and government benefit from FEMA's website.

Free or Low cost Bankruptcy help in San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.

BayLegal provides some answers for your questions about assistance, benefits and housing. Residents who suffered damage or losses from the fires that began on October 8, 2017 may register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Register by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by phone at 1-800-621-3362 or the TTY number 1-800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week

BayLegal is available to assist and will give priority to emergency needs arising from the fires, including: Emergency public benefits such as D-SNAP to access food and CalWORKs, FEMA benefits and claims process, Housing questions specifically related to the fires (ex. ongoing obligations,
getting possessions, etc), Insurance issues, Employment issues, Missing identity documents, Connecting to local resources and statewide pro bono assistance

For more detailed information and legal advice regarding health access, contact Bay Area Legal Aid’s Health Consumer Center (HCC): 855-693-7285, Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
For Emergency Care, you cannot be refused care at a hospital if you have an emergency medical condition even if you don’t have health insurance or proof of health insurance.

Follow the latest updates and announcements from the California Office of Emergency Services.

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area.

People with losses from the fires in 7 counties can apply for one month of food benefits on a EBT card you can use at authorized grocery stores. Covered fires include those in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties. Grocery stores in those counties and six others (Contra Costa, Marin, Orange, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter) can allow Disaster CalFresh benefits to be used to purchase hot or prepared food, in addition to regularly allowable foods.

Crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Text TalkWithUs to 66746 or call (800) 985 - 599.

A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where survivors may go for information about our programs or other disaster assistance programs, and to ask questions related to your case.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. You can also call the state hotline 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD).

Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims, including claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), can be filed online, by phone, by mail, or by fax. The fastest and easiest option for individuals to file claims for UI benefits is online using eApply4UI.

Eligibility, Benefits, and Deadlines

Dropped after a total loss from a declared disaster, partial loss or second renewal, and not having "defensible space".

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and to help put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought. The ECP does this by giving ranchers and farmers forest.

The Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) helps the owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this by authorizing payments to owners of private forests to restore disaster damaged forest.

These requirements are not subject to waiver during natural disasters and recovery efforts.

Information on D-Snap and Snap eligibility and benefits

Find Assistance, Apply online, Check Status

Information about income assistance availability after a major disaster, including eligibility for Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Unemployment Compensation.

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disasters who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs

Don’t wait! Take these steps today to save you time, energy, and money after a disaster.

CalFresh, Hot Food Waiver, Food Banks

What should my first steps be? What does the Additional Living Expense (ALE) part of my policy cover? Will my insurer cover the cost if I live in a trailer during reconstruction? Who is responsible for clearing the debris from my lot and is that covered under my policy? How can I get a fair claim settlement? What are my legal rights in California? The insurance company will only pay according to its "pricing guidelines"?

Why can't I just deposit and use my insurance checks? Will the mortgage company pay me interest on the insurance proceeds they are holding?

Use this disasterassistance.gov's resource to help you find assistance and apply online.

An overview of some issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the fires that broke out in Northern and Southern California in the fall of 2018.

Rebuilding after a natural disaster. How to check a contractor's license status and history.

Depending on your situation, you may need to hire a public adjuster, a lawyer, a construction estimator, an industrial hygienist or other type of expert.

The Homeowners Insurance Comparison Tool provides assistance for those shopping for homeowners, condominium, renters, or earthquake coverages.

National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System, National Emergency Child Locator Center, Unaccompanied Minors Registry, and American Red Cross Safe and Well.

Eligibility, Benefits, and Deadlines

The Individual Assistance division of FEMA is here to support your recovery from a major disaster and help you through the process of applying for assistance.

For Camp and Woolsey Fire

You can use the interactive interview below to create a FEMA Appeal letter and File Request letter that you can save to your computer and print out. You will be asked a series of questions, and then your answers are used to tailor your documents. This is a free and secure service provided by LawHelp Interactive.

Legal Clinics by Legal Services of Northern California for Butte County Survivors

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The Section 203(h) program allows the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure mortgages made by qualified lenders to victims of a major disaster who have lost their homes and are in the process of rebuilding or buying another home.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.

Check out mortgage resources available for victims of disasters to see what you are eligible for.

Your home; adjusters and contractors; when picking a contractor; when you get your settlement; creditors, bills and budgeting; and watch out for fraud.

Price Gouging, Public Insurance Adjusters, Contractors and Home Repairs, Phone "Disaster Officials, Bogus Charities

Who to contact to replace important documents that are lost during a disaster.

Negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, litigation, and arbitration.

The resources listed here are meant to provide legal resources to those who have been directly affected by a disaster.

Sample letters for claim and proof of loss forms, example claim documents, and sample damage reports and documentation.

Section 203(k) insurance enables homebuyers and homeowners to finance both the purchase (or refinancing) of a house and the cost of its rehabilitation through a single mortgage or to finance the rehabilitation of their existing home.

This flyer is designed to aid tenants who have been affected by recent wildfires, with information on whether you still need to pay rent in case of a disaster, protections against price gouging, and much more.

Access services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies.

Access services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies.

This worksheet has been designed to help you and your parents work together to locate these documents early. By having this conversation, all of you will gain the peace of mind that important information is at your fingertips.

Information about housing assistance availability after a major disaster, including eligibility for emergency housing assistance.