State - CA (California)

Pocket Fire (Central LNU Complex) (Sonoma County) Started 10/09/2017, updated 11/06/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:56
See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire. Central LNU Complex Evacuation Map Resources: Sonoma County Fire Information Sonoma County Website CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

Tubbs Fire (Central LNU Complex) (Napa County,Sonoma County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 11/06/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:54
See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire. Central LNU Complex Evacuation Map Resources: Sonoma County Fire Information Sonoma County Website CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

Nuns / Adobe / Norrbom/ Pressley / Partrick Fires / Oakmont (Central LNU Complex) (Napa County,Sonoma County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 11/06/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:39
See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire. Central LNU Complex Evacuation Map Resources: Sonoma County Fire Information Sonoma County Website CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

UPDATED: Local Assistance Centers are Available for Wildfire Victims

State - California - CALOES - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 18:53

Several Local Assistance Centers (LAC) or Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) remain open to serve the communities and individuals that were impacted by the devastating wildfires.

The LAC or DRC provides a single facility at which individuals, families and businesses can access available disaster assistance programs and services. The following is a list of locations for LACs or DRCs. Services will vary by location. Local, county, state and federal representation will vary by location as well.

Representation may include, but is not limited to: Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Contractors State License Board, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Insurance, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Veterans Affairs, California Department of Social Services – State Supplemental Grant Program, Housing and Community Development upon need in each individual county.

Other services and in-person representation by agencies may be available, please check ahead of time with your Local Assistance Center or Disaster Recovery Center.

Individuals who are interested in finding out more information about eligibility other assistance programs should call or register at 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov.

Lake County
Clearlake Community Center
3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake

Hours: 10a-7p Daily Mendocino County
1375 N. State Street
Ukiah

Hours: 10a-7p Daily Napa County
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
Building A, Napa

Hours: 10a-7p Monday – Friday

10a-5p Saturday

Closed Sundays Sonoma County
Press Democrat Building
427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

Hours: 9a-7p Daily ​Disaster Recovery Center
Hanna Boys Center
17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma

Hours: 9a-7p Daily Disaster Recovery Center
Yuba County Govt. Center
915 8th Street, Marysville

Hours: 9a-7p Daily

INSIDE LOOK: Recovery & Remembrance from Devastating Wildfires

State - California - CALOES - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 18:50

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On this edition of Inside Look. It was the deadliest week of wildfires in California’s history.

We go back to some of the hardest hit neighborhoods and show you signs of hope already rising from the ashes.

We hear from residents who are lining up to take the next steps toward rebuilding.

We talk with the state’s top emergency manager about the recovery process.

And, we never forget.

[SHOW BEGINS] I’m Brian May, thanks for joining us. It was the deadliest week in California wildfire history. 8900 structures burned. 43 people dead and now begins a time of healing. A time of recovery. A time to rebuild.

[Music bagpipes] On Saturday of this past week a day of remembrance was held at Santa Rosa Junior College. The program included a moving bell ceremony. One toll for each of the lives lost and it included first-hand accounts of what it was like for the first responders there that night.

This event giving residents of Sonoma County a chance to meet face to face with those first responders, to say thanks, offer handshakes and hugs.

[Sonoma Sheriff Robert Giordano] “Overwhelming support. Just amazing. I mean I have stories I can’t even… I’ve heard like three of them I’ve heard 3% of the stories and I could talk for hours about the things the neighbor that rescued the neighbor the neighbor that carried their neighbor out. The neighbor that got the neighbors horses out. You know, it’s just endless the kind of work that was done to protect people here and it shows when you look at how many lives were saved.”

[Fire Chief] “So Rob brought up dispatch. I’m gonna share a one little story they are the unsung heroes. So they’re they’re sending us to calls for service, and I’ll tell you when they’re on the phone and they got someone on the other line saying ‘there is fire everywhere and I can’t get out’ they say we’re gonna get somebody to you. And, when they hear on the other line that we can’t get to them, those dispatchers stay on the line with everyone until the line goes silent.” [voice breaking with emotion]

[Bryan May] One of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the fires was Coffey Park in Santa Rosa. Overnight almost the entire neighborhood gone. Don Millerick has lived in Coffey Park for 41 years, but on the Saturday we met him, he had come back to salvage what was left of the two vintage cars that were in his garage when the fire just ripped through his house and the 40 year old redwoods that once stood proud in his backyard.

Millerick, like many of his neighbors, said after discussing his debris removal options with his insurance agent he knew that signing the Right of Entry form was the way to go.

[Don Millerick] “I think I’m gonna, yeah, pretty sure, yeah I talked to the insurance guy and he said there was an X number of dollars in my policy for cleaning up and he said that sounds like a bargain to him. Yeah, so that’s probably the way to go right now. I’m just relieved that I got the few things that I wanted out of here and I know now it’s probably gonna take, you know, looks like it’ll be weeks before you see an awful lot of activity out here. But I know the hazmat guys have already started and that’s a mandatory operation right.”

[Bryan May] There are two phases to the cleanup of property. The first phase, the removal of household hazardous waste. Items like propane tanks, pesticides, paint.

The second phase is the actual debris removal, and the only way that process can start, if you opt to have the state do it for you, is to sign the Right of Entry form.

Cleanup crews have been mobilized and are ready to go, but the first step begins with a signed Right of Entry form.

[Mark Ghilarducci] “It’s really important that the sooner we can get the debris cleared from these lots, the faster we can begin the recovery process within the community. People can feel like they’re beginning the recovery process. There is action taking place moving forward. 

And look, we know winter’s coming. This is the biggest disaster in loss of structures in totality that we have seen in in recent times and there’s no time to sort of dilly-dally on this. We need to work very decisively, and we need to move rapidly to get our community back up.

What our goal is to address the needs of the people that have lost. Make sure our local communities rebound and the economy gets back operational. And, that we rebuild in a positive, safe and secure manner.”

[Bryan May] We know that many of you still have questions about those right of entry forms. So here to shed some light on what they are, and where to get those questions answered, here’s Shawn Boyd.

[Shawn Boyd] About a hundred people a day make their way to the “ROE Center” here at 625 Fifth Street in Santa Rosa. It is the first big step that they need to take to get their homes rebuilt and their lives back to normal. [sounds of debris sifting] The stress of losing one’s home only starts with the rubble left behind. Survivors’ resilience is now being tested by the long and arduous task of rebuilding their lives.

[John McCall] “It’s actually been my job mission over the last two weeks is to figure this whole thing out.”

[Shawn Boyd] That’s why a right of entry center, like this one, has been established in each of the counties affected by the October wildfires. “Right of Entry,” or ROE, is a form that, once completed and signed by the homeowner, allows contractors onto their property to remove all that fire debris and clean the land of any toxics.

With that form comes a lot of questions and that’s the reason for the centers.

[Ruth O’Connor] “The hardest part was finding it. Once we found it, it was… Went in had a five minute wait until somebody put us behind a computer. The guy was just helpful…”

[Shawn Boyd] Like Ruth O’Connor from Larkfield, everyone here is a wild fire victim. But they each have a unique situation.

Eric Pearson of Glen Ellyn is the anchor tenant for a ranch that lost four homes.

[Eric Pearson] “Sure. Four houses can get cleaned up pretty easily they’re 1,500 square feet each but we’ve got 50,000 square foot of barn with old chemicals and toxic and that needs to be cleaned up too.”

[Shawn Boyd] Other property owners were hit more than once. John McCall has multiple properties all over Sonoma County that burned to the ground. He’s got his signed ROE form firmly in hand.

[Shawn Asks a Question] So initially did you have any reservations about about signing one of those?

[John McCall] “Well, I’m an attorney so I looked it over and not really…”

[Shawn Boyd] But many do have reservations, and by coming to the ROE Center, questions are answered.

[Shawn Asks a Question] Did they answer all of your questions?

[Ruth O’Connor] “Yes he did. He was very knowledgeable. It wasn’t his first rodeo.”

[Shawn Boyd] And those that can’t be answered immediately will be researched by staff and then relayed to the property owner by phone. This Center is open seven days a week, nine to six, but they won’t be here forever time is ticking.

[Sonoma County Official] “This process is going to be coming to an end, and so we do need them to start making those decisions quickly. So if they have questions, come down and talk to us.”

[Shawn Boyd] Ruth left the ROE Center with a smile on her face. Her future can now begin.

[Ruth O’Conner] “We’ll start rebuilding process and start all over again.”

[Shawn Boyd] So we can’t stress enough the importance of coming down to the ROE Center. Not only to get that form, get it filled out and turned in, but also to answer any of those questions you may have. A lot of the questions that are out there are happening because the information is changing so quickly. Well these folks here are updated continuously, so they have that real-time information – those answers that you’re looking for. Back to you.

[Bryan May] Shawn, thank you. The path of destruction for these wildfires spared nothing that includes hundreds of schools that were affected either by fire damage, smoke damage, or in many cases, it just wasn’t safe for students and staff to get there. But that is not the case today. Jonathan Gudel was part of a school’s task force at Cal OES. He has an update.

[Jonathan Gudel] Thanks Brian. Students in Sonoma County were out of school for weeks. It wasn’t because of a holiday break and certainly not because of the reasons they would prefer. Not even the place where kids come to learn to play with their friends was spared from devastating wildfires that ravaged Northern California communities. Thousands of students were impacted and hundreds of schools were closed.

[Juan Mireles, California Department of Education] “Unfortunately, there were a lot of schools affected. not just the schools but the students the parents of teachers the community. At its peak, there were approximately 650 schools that were closed affecting about 290 thousand students.”

[Jonathan Gudel] Coordination from state local and federal partners worked quickly to put students back on campus – either at their previous school or an alternate site.

[Juan Mireles, California Department of Education] “There’s still concerns. Once again, opening the schools that remain closed and being able to clean a debris and reconstruct so that they can open up those schools again.”

[Jonathan Gudel] All students are now back in school.

[Bryan May] By the time the October wildfires were contained they had burned over eight thousand nine hundred structures across multiple counties. But recovery is already underway. With more on that, here’s Monica Vargas.

[Monica Vargas] California is on its way to recovery. Helping all whose lives are changed by the fires remains a top priority for the state. Agencies continue to work around the clock to help these community begin rebuilding and progress is being made. So what does recovery look like?

Let’s take a look at assistance centers. Sonoma County has a Local Assistance Center, Disaster Recovery Center and Business Recovery Center available. Napa County has a Local Assistance Center. Mendocino County has a Disaster Recovery Center. Lake County, Disaster Recovery Center. Yuba County, Disaster Recovery Center and that one is also serving Butte and Nevada counties. Nevada County also has a Disaster Loan Outreach Center as does Butte County.

All together, almost 15,000 households have been served by these current centers. When it comes to cleanup efforts, household hazardous waste cleanup has begun in Sonoma County. 3091 parcels have been completed. Napa 309. Mendocino 160. Lake 143 which is all of them. Yuba 173. Nevada all 39 are completed.

The figures are encouraging and the numbers will continue to grow. For resource center locations, dates and times, or for any other questions you may have go to wildfire recovery dot org. Stay tuned for more updates as we keep moving forward on the road to recovery. Bryan?

[Bryan May] Monica, thank you. And one last reminder – If you live in one of the areas affected by the wildfires, visit your Local Assistance Centers. They’re there to answer the questions that you may have. Also monitor your local county agencies. They’ve got great information. And, we’ve put together all the counties on our website. It is www.wildfirerecovery.org.

We leave you now with some of the lasting images over the last 30 days.

[Music and News Reporter Talking] “…this fire has crossed the highway several times in the last couple hours.”

[music] [Sonoma Sheriff Robert Giordano] “People ran from their homes in the middle of the night while their cars were on fire so many people made it through this and were saved and rescued and got out.”

[music] [Don Millerick pointing to his burned lot] “…that was all engulfed over there and it was coming this way.”

[music] [Sonoma Sheriff Robert Giordano] “…we lost lives in this and thousands lost their homes. People lost their family members. They lost their friends.”

[Speaker at podium] “We are a community of heroes after this experience.”

[Bill Withers – ‘Lean on Me’ song by Choir] “…lean on me, when you’re not strong, I’ll be your friend… I’ll help you carry on.”

[Mark Ghilarducci] “You are not alone. We will recover. We will rebuild. And, we will come back stronger together.”

[music continues to play] [Choir] “…call me. call me… Call me.”

[Cheering and clapping with appreciation – END OF SHOW]

For more information, visit www.WildfireRecovery.org

 

Governor Brown, California Congressional Delegation Request $7.4 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief Funding to Aid Wildfire Recovery

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:02

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined California’s two U.S. Senators and 39 members of the California congressional delegation to request $7.4 billion in federal funding for wildfire relief and recovery efforts in California. Governor Brown also expedited more than $40 million in state aid for immediate recovery efforts.

The letter from the Governor and members of the state’s Congressional delegation, sent to the White House today, urges the President and Congress to work quickly to adopt a third supplemental disaster-related appropriations bill to support the state as it recovers from October’s devastating wildfires that killed 43 people and destroyed approximately 8,900 residential and commercial structures.

This $7.4 billion in federal funding would flow to a variety of federal cleanup, recovery and assistance programs and support housing, transportation, agriculture, environmental protection, local health services, long-term recovery planning, reconstruction and small businesses. 

Separately today, Governor Brown directed the California Department of Finance to expedite the allocation of $41.5 million in funding to help support immediate needs in impacted areas, including cleanup, hazardous waste removal and assistance for Californians impacted by the fires who are not eligible for federal aid. 

Under the state appropriation, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will dedicate $35 million to debris removal and cleanup efforts, while the California Department of Toxic Substances Control will direct $1.5 million to support hazardous waste cleanup operations. This funding will support debris removal and household hazardous waste cleanup at lots impacted by the fires. Household hazardous waste has already been removed from more than 3,000 lots and debris removal is starting across the impacted counties.

The appropriation also includes $5 million – managed by the California Department of Social Services – to aid wildfire victims who are not eligible to receive federal disaster assistance because of their immigration status. The funds will help these individuals and families affected by the fires with food, housing, utility and other expenses. 

During the wildfire disaster last month, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for the counties of Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange and secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support the state and local response to the fires, within 24 hours of making the request. Federal direct aid was also secured for residents of Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Orange and Nevada counties who suffered losses due to the fires as well as Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits for workers in these counties who lost jobs or had work hours substantially reduced as a result of the fires. Governor Brown also issued an executive order to help cut red tape and streamline recovery efforts in impacted communities and last Saturday declared a “Day of Remembrance of the Northern California Fires” in recognition of victims and first responders.

Additional information on California’s wildfire emergency response and recovery efforts is available at: http://wildfirerecovery.org.  

SBA to Open Business Recovery Center in Santa Rosa to Help Businesses Impacted by the Wildfires

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:34

SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center today announced the opening of a business recovery center in Santa Rosa to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the wildfires that began Oct 8, 2017. The center will open as indicated below.

“Due to the severe property damage and economic losses the wildfires inflicted on businesses in California, we want to provide every available service to help get them back on their feet,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “The center will provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help. SBA customer service representatives and SBDC business advisors will be available to meet individually with each business owner,” she added. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge.

SONOMA COUNTY

Business Recovery Center

The Courtyard

141 Stony Circle, Suite 155

Santa Rosa, CA  95401

Opens 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“SBA customer service representatives will meet with each business owner to explain how an SBA disaster loan can help finance their recovery. They will answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each business owner complete their electronic loan application,” Garfield said.

According to Napa/Sonoma SBDC Director Mary Cervantes, SBDC business advisors at the center will provide business assistance to clients on a wide variety of matters designed to help small business owners re-establish their operations, overcome the effects of the disaster and plan for their future. “Services include assessing business working capital needs, evaluating the business’s strength, cash flow projections, and most importantly, a review of options with the business owner to help them evaluate their alternatives and make decisions that are appropriate for their situation,” she said.

According to Garfield, businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. These loans cover losses that are not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Business owners may also apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or get help from SBA representatives at any Disaster Recovery Center in Texas. Disaster loan information is also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more disaster assistance information, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

 

Abre Centro de Recuperación por Desastre en el Condado de Mendocino

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:43

Sacramento — Ha abierto en el Condado de Mendocino un Centro de Recuperación por Desastre (DRC, por sus siglas en inglés), manejado en conjunto por la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Estado de California (Cal OES, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés), en el que se ofrece asistencia integral por desastre a los habitantes afectados por los incendios devastadores de octubre de 2017.

El centro, ubicado en la 1375 N. State St., Ukiah, CA, 95482, está abierto de 10 a.m. a 7 p.m., los siete días de la semana.

En el DRC se encuentran presentes representantes de FEMA, del estado de California, de la Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa y de otras agencias. Los habitantes de cualquiera de los condados designados para asistencia individual –Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma y Yuba – pueden buscar ayuda en el DRC de Mendocino.

Antes de ir al DRC, se pide a los sobrevivientes que soliciten en línea en DisasterAssistance.gov/es o por teléfono al 800-621-3362 o al (TTY) 800-462-7585. Los solicitantes que utilizan 711 o los servicios de retransmisión por video pueden llamar al 800-621-3362. Las líneas libres de cargos están abiertas de 7 a. m. a 10 p. m., los siete días de la semana.

Los solicitantes deben tener a mano la siguiente información:

  • Número de Seguro Social.
  • Dirección de la residencia primaria
  • Descripción del daño.
  • Información sobre la cobertura del seguro.
  • Un número de teléfono de contacto actual.
  • Una dirección en la que puedan recibir el correo.
  • Números de cuenta y de ruta del banco en el que se recibirían los depósitos directos de los fondos.

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Atlas Fire (Southern LNU Complex) (Napa County,Solano County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 10/31/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:30
Crews continue to mop-up and do tactical patrol throughout the fire area with unit resources assigned.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Mendocino County

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:37

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has opened in Mendocino County, to offer residents affected by the devastating October 2017 wildfires a one-stop-shop for disaster assistance.

The center is located at 1375 N. State St., Ukiah, CA, 95482. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The center offers a continuation of services from a previous location at Mendocino College.

Staffing the DRC are representatives from FEMA, Cal OES, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies. Residents of any of the designated counties – Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Orange, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba – can seek help at the Mendocino County DRC.

Before visiting the DRC, survivors are encouraged to apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants should have the following information at hand :

• Social Security number.

• Address of the damaged primary residence.

• Description of the damage.

• Information about insurance coverage.

• A current contact telephone number.

• An address where they can receive mail.

• Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

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Angora Fire (El Dorado County) Started 6/24/2007, updated 10/31/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:56
All law enforcement restrictions have been lifted, including the limited re-entry of residence.

Wildfire Cleanup Efforts Requiring Multi-Agency Response

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:45

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with local, state and federal partners on the response to the Northern California fires. EPA is leading the survey, collection and disposal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) in Sonoma and Napa counties. This work will allow other state and federal agencies to remove ash and other non-hazardous debris and the rebuilding process to begin.

Specifically, EPA teams are conducting air monitoring and visual observations to identify locations of HHW and other hazardous materials and containers, and to ensure safe conditions. Once properties are surveyed, HHW collection teams are removing the materials identified during the surveys. These materials will be taken to temporary staging areas before disposal at hazardous waste facilities. EPA will continue to expand survey and collection operations in coming weeks.

HHW includes leftover household products that are unstable, corrosive or toxic. Products such as paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, herbicides and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special handling and disposal.

Latest Actions:

  • In Sonoma County, EPA teams are working in the neighborhoods of Coffey Park and Mark West and soon beginning work in the Larkfield-Wikiup area.
  • In Napa County, EPA teams are working in the Silverado and Soda Canyon areas, and soon beginning work in the Atlas Peak Road, Monticello Road and Vichy Springs areas.
  • EPA established an Incident Command Post at Rohnert Park in Sonoma County.
  • EPA continues to attend community meetings in both Sonoma and Napa Counties.

Response Background Information:

Fires began burning on October 8 in multiple counties in Northern California. EPA is coordinating with federal, state and local agencies, including FEMA and the California Environmental Protection Agency, on response operations.

For additional information on EPA’s response activities, please visit: www.epa.gov/norcalfireresponse

 

California Fire Victims Have Three More Days to Apply for Disaster CalFresh Food Benefits

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:19

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is reminding residents affected by wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Yuba Counties of the November 1, 2017 deadline to apply for disaster food assistance through the Disaster CalFresh program. Any individual or family that resided or worked in the seven affected counties before the disaster, and was negatively affected by the disaster, may be eligible to receive food assistance.

Disaster CalFresh benefits are provided via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is a debit-like card that can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores and other authorized retailers. Disaster CalFresh and CalFresh may also be used to purchase hot foods at participating retailers in the disaster region.

Individuals and families may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh if the household experienced at least one of the following as a direct result of the wildfires: Damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business; Loss or inaccessibility of income including a reduction or termination of income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster related problems; or Disaster-related expenses (home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.

How to Apply

To find out how to apply for benefits in your county, please call the toll free number 1- 844-719-8808. Apply online at www.benefitscal.com or by visiting any of the 58 county human or social services agencies across the state. Individuals and families seeking assistance must apply by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Applicants applying online will also need to visit a local office in person to provide necessary verifications. A list of county social services agencies in all 58 counties can be found at www.cdss.ca.gov/County-Offices.

In addition, individuals or families with new needs for assistance may always apply for ongoing CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs cash aid at their local county social services agency, or at www.benefitscal.com.

Additional information about local assistance centers and other services available to individuals and families impacted by the wildfires can be found at www.cdss.ca.gov/Media-Center/October-2017-Wildfires.

Oakmont Fire (Central LNU Complex) (Sonoma County) Started 10/14/2017, updated 10/29/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 09:14
The Central LNU Complex is being managed in Unified Command by CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 and The City of Santa Rosa. To get information about the Oakmont Fire visit the Nuns Fire for more information. Resources: Sonoma County Fire Information Sonoma County Website CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

Pressley Fire (Central LNU Complex) (Sonoma County) Started 10/09/2017, updated 10/29/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 09:14
The Central LNU Complex is being managed in Unified Command by CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 and The City of Santa Rosa. To get information about the Pressley Fire visit the Nuns Fire for more information. Resources: Sonoma County Fire Information Sonoma County Website CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

Partrick Fire (Central LNU Complex) (Napa County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 10/29/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 09:14
The Patrick Fire is now a part of the the Nuns Fire CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

French Fire (El Dorado County) Started 9/17/2017, updated 10/28/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Sat, 10/28/2017 - 11:02
Fire is 100% contained. CAL FIRE Amador - El Dorado Unit Twitter

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