SACRAMENTO, Calif. – More than 27,000 households have applied for federal disaster assistance, but the deadline is approaching for survivors of the wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. One week remains to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The deadline is Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
Homeowners, renters and small-business owners must sign up by Feb. 15 to be considered eligible for federal disaster assistance programs. To expedite the process, impacted individuals should file insurance claims for damages to their homes, cars and businesses before they apply to FEMA. All survivors are encouraged to apply, even if they have insurance, since FEMA disaster assistance often provides benefits not covered by many insurers.
Register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multi-lingual operators are available, with toll-free numbers open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (PST).
Survivors may also register at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) jointly operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and FEMA. DRCs are located at:
Creative Learning Center
1080 Ewald Ct.
Paradise, CA 95969
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Chico Mall – Former Sears Store
1982 E. 20th St.
Chico, CA 95928
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
The Feb. 15 deadline also applies to applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.
FEMA's Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants referred to SBA must complete and submit an SBA loan application to be considered for additional forms of disaster assistance. Applicants who do not qualify for an SBA loan may be referred back to FEMA and may be eligible to receive Other Needs Assistance grants for these items.
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center’s toll-free number is 800-659-2955. Help is also available by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.sba.gov. Survivors may apply online at SBA's secure website: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.
All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).
SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800- 659-2955, emailing email@example.com, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.