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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Signs Major Declaration for California

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August 25, 2021

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of California to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by wildfires beginning on July 14, 2021, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Plumas counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis, for emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, in Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Plumas counties.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Andrew Grant has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations for the affected area. Additional designations may be made later if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

Last updated August 26, 2021