Disaster Benefits and Assistance after Natural Disasters

Most Frequently Viewed Resources

CalFresh, Hot Food Waiver, Food Banks

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Information on D-Snap and Snap eligibility and benefits

Find Assistance, Apply online, Check Status

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.

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.

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