Fire Recovery Guide
Our region has experienced one of the largest fires in California’s history. These fires, which started on August 17, 2020, have forced thousands of people to evacuate their communities, destroyed hundreds of homes, and left many families with nothing.
For those who have been affected by the fires, I've created a fire recovery guide to help individuals, families, and businesses navigate the resources available to them.
Funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be available to help individuals rebuild, repair and replace housing and other personal property not covered by insurance.
Individuals who were impacted by the fires should apply for FEMA assistance. You can apply in the following ways:
- Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov; https://www.disasterassistance.gov/es (Spanish)
- Via smartphone at m.fema.gov
- Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
Small Business Administration (SBA) loans may also be available to individuals and businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, inventory, and supplies. Homeowners and renters may also be eligible for SBA loans to repair or replace disaster-related damages to homes or personal property.
After registering with FEMA, businesses and homeowners that would like to apply for SBA loans can do so online at: http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans.
You can also call my offices if you have problems with a federal agency or need additional assistance.
Our recovery is only just beginning. Please know I am committed to working with our local, state and federal officials to ensure that the federal government provides all necessary resources to support our community in this time of recovery. And, I stand ready to help expedite any support and resources that our communities need to rebuild and repair our homes, businesses, and infrastructure.
Our district pulls together in tough times. We’ve overcome challenges before by working together, and we will do so again. Should you need anything, my staff and I are here to help.