Here are many California Fire Disaster Resources and tips.
Please feel welcome to e-mail me with additional resources.
1 – Get prepared to evacuate.
2 – Evacuate when told or sooner. Find shelters.
3 – I’m passing this info on from a retired Fremont police officer. She was a victim of the Oakland hills fire years ago and here is some information that helped her out.
(1) Contact their insurance companies. Most will cover hotel stays, apart from the usual coverage. Call them immediately and get your claim started as soon as you know you have a loss. They can issue checks immediate checks for temporary housing.
Get a picture of your home confirming it’s a loss. DO NOT try to get one if it is unsafe, but if you have one, get this started.
(2) Call their credit card companies and have the last 3-6 months of their purchases reimbursed back (get a police report that testifies you are a fire victim).
(3) If you are renting and are a minor, your parents’ home insurance may cover your belongings (this is how I got my stuff reimbursed through my parent’s home insurance even if they lived 300 miles away at that time).
(4) Call your chain retail stores and see what they can offer to fire victims (I remember GAP gave away free clothes to fire victims up to $500 per person…yes my roommates and I were like walking GAP ads and literally that was all the clothes we had).
(5) Get as many resources and information as you can and keep passing the info around. You will see the kindness of strangers and the familial treatment of friends.
Here is a list of Fire Disaster Resources I found to assist you, friends or family that have gone thru a disaster.
Apply for FEMA Disaster Relief Funds
Those affected by the California wildfire should apply for assistance by calling toll-free to (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Disaster victims may register by calling this number. You do not have to wait to go to a disaster assistance center. The number for speech and hearing impaired individuals is (800) 462-7585. Federal disaster assistance available for residents and businesses in the affected counties includes temporary housing assistance, disaster loans and other needs assistance grants.
FHA Mortgage Insurance for Disaster Victims
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.
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
The California Office of Emergency Services provides information and links to various sites for information about assistance programs for wildfire victims.
Emergency Services Government Agencies
|Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Hotline
|Contractors State License Board (Sacramento)
|Department of Consumer Affairs
|Department of Insurance
|Internal Revenue Service (Federal Income Tax)
|Franchise Tax Board (California Income Tax)
|Contact local bar associations for referrals and any available emergency services, for example:|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association
|San Bernardino County Bar Association
|San Diego County Bar Association
|Ventura County Bar Association
|C.A.R. members may contact the Member Legal Hotline||213.739.8282|
|Small Business Administration (SBA)
|Community Development Block Grant Program (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Here is a link about the legal issues for current buyers and sellers and tenants that have fire damage. This was put out by the California Association of Realtors and may only be able to be opened by a CAR member. If that is the case, contact me or your local REALTOR. Firestorms: Basic Real Estate Legal Issues
Beware of fake charities and GoFundMe pages.
Please feel welcome to forward these Fire Disaster Resources to friends, relatives, Realtors and anyone who may benefit from this information.
Our prayers go out to the people who lost homes, businesses, possessions and loved ones.