Fire Recovery Guide
Our region has experienced the worst fires in California’s history. These fires forced thousands of people to evacuate their communities, destroyed thousands of homes, and left many families with nothing.
The fires, which started on October 8, 2017, have burned more than 250,000 acres and destroyed more than 6,000 structures, many of which are homes. Thousands of people have been displaced.
For those who have been affected by the fires, I've created a fire recovery guide to help individuals, families, and buisnesses navigate the resoureces 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; www.disasterassistance.gov/es (Spanish)
- Via smartphone at m.fema.gov; m.fema.gov/esp (Spanish)
- 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.
- Visit a Local Assistance Center
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.