The deadline for Calaveras and Lake county wildfire survivors to register with FEMA has passed, but various forms of disaster assistance remain available. Survivors who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are urged to stay in touch with the agency.
“Even though the DRCs are closed, FEMA remains in California to work with the state and local governments to provide assistance with recovery,” said Tim Scranton, Federal Coordinating Official for this disaster. “FEMA will remain as long as needed.”
Charles Rabamad, the Deputy State Coordinating Officer added: “Recovery is ongoing, all this work could not be done without our federal, state and local partnerships. Cal OES continues to support and assist these communities in the rebuilding and redeveloping efforts.”
Applicants can track their claims and should notify FEMA of changes to their mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and if they receive insurance settlements or discover additional damages.
How to reach FEMA:
- Go online at DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov
- Dial the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585
- For those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362
- The toll-free numbers are operated from 6 a.m. to midnight daily
- Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages.
Although the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are closed, the U.S. Small Business Administration will operate Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) at the DRC sites in San Andreas and Middletown. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At the DLOCs disaster loan applications, started before Nov. 23, can be finalized. The two facilities will remain open until further notice.
For more information, contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@SBA.gov or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339. DLOCs will be closed from Thanksgiving Day through the weekend, reopening Monday, Nov. 30.
Other services available to survivors include:
- Crisis Counseling is a service provided through your county Mental Health Department. Services, for children and adults, help survivors deal with the emotional affects of going through a crisis. Call the Calaveras County Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 800-499-3030 (main office number 209-754-6525). The Lake County Mental Health Crisis Hotline is 800-900-2075.
- Legal Services is provided to survivors for free through the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. Legal advice is limited to cases that will not produce a fee including assistance with insurance claims, advice on landlord/tenant problems, home repair contracts and contractors, mortgage-foreclosure problems, assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures and replacement of wills and other important legal documents. Survivors unable to pay for legal services may call 800-657-0479 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. For TTY: call 711.
For more information on California’s wildfire recovery, visit: caloes.ca.gov or fema.gov/disaster/4240 and follow us on Twitter @femaregion9 and @Cal_OES and on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMA and facebook.com/CaliforniaOES.
Today is the last day that wildfire survivors in Calaveras and Lake counties can register to receive housing or other needs assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Wildfire survivor registration for FEMA assistance will be accepted until midnight tonight online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
Registration in person with a FEMA Individual Assistance expert is available today until 6 p.m. at any of the three Disaster Recovery Centers:
The Calaveras County Disaster Recovery Center in San Andreas
891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249
The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake
14860 Olympic Dr., Clearlake, CA 95422
The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown
21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461
Beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow, the San Andreas site in Calaveras County and the Middletown facility in Lake County will transition to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) to assist homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. DLOCS will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov 27. The DLOCS will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30, and be open until further notice.
In addition, business owners and residents may contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@SBA.gov or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.
The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake will close permanently after today.
For more information on California’s wildfire recovery, visit: caloes.ca.gov or fema.gov/disaster/4240 and follow us on Twitter @femaregion9 and @Cal_OES and on Facebook at Facebook.com/FEMA and Facebook.com/CaliforniaOES.
Los sobrevivientes de los incendios ocurridos en los condados de Calaveras y Lake que extraviaron documentos importantes pueden utilizar esta guía que los ayudará a saber cómo obtener reemplazos de dicha documentación.
Todas las organizaciones que se detallan a continuación ofrecen recursos en línea. Si no cuenta con una computadora personal, las bibliotecas públicas y otras agencias tienen computadoras disponibles para el público general.
|Documento||A quién contactar para el reemplazo|
|Tarjeta EBT||CalFresh de California es parte del programa federal conocido como Programa Suplementario de Asistencia Nutricional (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés), antiguamente conocido como Cupones para alimentos. Reemplazos de tarjetas EBT extraviadas: Llame al 877-328-9677 de inmediato, o comuníquese con el trabajador de servicios sociales de su condado.|
|Certificados de nacimiento y defunción||Certificados de nacimiento y de defunción: El Departamento de Salud Pública de California, en línea en www.cdph.ca.gov o llamando al 916-445-2684. La tarifa para el reemplazo de este documento es de $25.|
|Green Card extraviada||Ingrese en www.uscis.gov y complete el Formulario I-90, la solicitud para obtener un reemplazo de la tarjeta de residencia permanente, y envíela en línea o por correo postal. Llame al 800-375-5283 para verificar el estado de su solicitud.|
|Licencia de conductor de California||Visite una oficina del Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados (DMV, por sus siglas en inglés) de California para completar una solicitud. Los formularios para obtener un reemplazo de la licencia deben presentarse en persona. Para obtener más información, llame al 800-777-0133.|
|Cheques bancarios, tarjetas de débito/ATM o cajas de seguridad||Comuníquese con su institución financiera, o bien obtenga la información de contacto de la FDIC llamando al 877-275-3342 o en www.fdic.gov.|
|Tarjetas de crédito||Comuníquese con la institución emisora:
American Express 800-992-3404 o www.home.americanexpress.com
Discover 800-347-2683 o
Master Card 800-622-7747 o
Visa 800-847-2911 o www.usa.visa.com
NOTA: Si no recuerda todas las tarjetas de crédito que tenía, solicite un informe de crédito a cualquiera de las tres oficinas de crédito principales.
|Informe de crédito||Equifax, Experian o TransUnion 877-322-8228 o www.annualcreditreport.com|
|Tarjeta del Seguro Social||Administración del Seguro Social 800-772-1213 o
|Alertas de fraude o congelación de crédito||Alertas de fraude: Llame a la línea de ayuda para casos de robo de identidad al 877-438-4338; comuníquese con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por sus siglas en inglés) http://www.ftc.gov|
|Tarjetas de Medicare||Administración del Seguro Social 800 772-1213 o www.socialsecurity.gov/medicarecard/|
|Pasaporte||Departamento de Estado de los EE. UU., Servicios de pasaportes, Sección de pasaportes consulares robados/extraviados 202-955-0430/877-487-2778 o www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/lost-stolen.html|
|Bonos de ahorro de los EE. UU.||Departamento del Tesoro de los EE. UU. 800-722-2678 o www.treasurydirect.gov|
|Declaraciones de impuestos||Servicios de Impuestos Internos 800-829-1040 o descargue una solicitud de copia de declaración de impuestos en www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506.pdf|
|Registros militares||Administración de Archivos y Documentos Nacionales 866-272-6272 o www.archives.gov/contact/|
La fecha límite para inscribirse en la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) para recibir asistencia por desastre, es el lunes, 23 de noviembre. Los sobrevivientes pueden inscribirse en Internet en DisasterAssistance.gov o llamando al 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; el 711 o, si usan el sistema de transmisión de video (VRS, por sus siglas en inglés), deben llamar al 800-621-3362.
Many pets were left behind to fend for themselves during the wildfires in California’s Calaveras and Lake counties resulting in serious injuries, death or disappearance.
This occurred because the fire came so fast many survivors had no time to save the animals.
“Pets are members of the family. You wouldn’t want to leave a family member behind during a disaster would you?” said Deputy State Coordinating Officer Charles Rabamad. “Having a plan and emergency kit for your pets is just as important as having them for your mother, father, sister or brother.”
With predictions of more severe weather and flooding this winter due to El Niño now is a good time to develop both a family and pet emergency plan. Here are some tips on what to include in your pet plan:
- If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, ask your veterinarian about the possibility. Make sure your pet’s tags are up-to-date and fastened to its collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, its tag is its ticket home.
- Make sure your pet’s immunizations are current and keep a copy of the veterinary records with you.
- Take a photo of your pet and keep it with you for identification purposes.
- Make a pet emergency kit. You should have enough pet food, bottled water and medications for three days. Also, pack cat litter and pan, manual can opener, food dishes, leash and collar, brush, blankets, a first aid kit and other supplies. A full list of items to include can be found online at www.Ready.Gov. Information also is available at www.Cal-cares,com and www.CDFA.ca.gov.
- If you plan to shelter in place, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Put all emergency supplies in that room ahead of time, including your pet’s crate and supplies.
Include Your Pets in Emergency Planning
- Consider checking with your local animal control agency or emergency management office now to determine if a pet-friendly shelter is available in your area. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in disaster emergencies.
- Make a buddy system with your friends or neighbors as a back-up emergency plan if you cannot care for your animals yourself. The buddy system will assure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
Those with larger animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs should also plan for these animals by:
- Ensuring all animals have some form of identification.
- Evacuating animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
- Making sure vehicles and trailers for transporting animals as well as experienced handlers and drivers are available.
- Ensuring destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, is the last day that wildfire survivors in Calaveras and Lake counties can register to receive housing or other needs assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and apply for disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
It will be day 60 since President Obama declared the massive wildfires in the two counties to be major disasters, which enabled FEMA to provide federal recovery grants to qualified registered applicants. The declaration also enabled the SBA to offer low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters for physical damage, personal property losses and economic injury.
Monday, Nov. 23 is also the last day to visit the three open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
In-person registration is available at any of the three DRCs.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The DRC locations are:
Calaveras County: The Calaveras County Disaster Recovery Center in San Andreas
891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249
Lake County: The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake
14860 Olympic Dr., Clearlake, CA 95422
The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown
21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461
To further meet the needs of wildfire survivors, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, the San Andreas site in Calaveras County and the Middletown facility in Lake County will open an hour later, at 9 a.m., and transition to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs). Hours will be Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Clearlake Disaster Recovery Center will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23.
The DLOCs will be closed from Thanksgiving Day through the weekend, re-opening on Monday, Nov. 30.
At the DLOCs, disaster loan applicants will be able to meet with SBA representatives to finalize applications started before the Nov. 23 deadline. The two SBA DLOCs will be open until further notice.
Applying for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is part of federal disaster assistance. Many people who apply to FEMA are automatically referred to the SBA for a low-interest disaster assistance loan. Survivors should complete SBA loan applications so they can be considered for all available disaster assistance.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is also available to small businesses that did not suffer physical losses, with an application deadline open until June 22, 2016.
As of Monday, FEMA has approved nearly $10.7 million to help individuals and households recover; more than $7 million for housing and nearly $3.7 million for other needs assistance.
The SBA has approved nearly $14.4 million in low-interest disaster recovery loans, nearly $1.8 million to businesses and private nonprofit organizations and nearly $12.6 million to homeowners and renters.
Registration with FEMA – easily done by telephone, online or in-person – is required to become eligible for housing or other needs assistance.
Survivors can register for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. After online and telephone registration ends at midnight Monday, Nov. 23, the same contact numbers can be used to ask FEMA about pending applications or other issues.
A direct telephone hotline is operational to process any requests from survivors who may need additional assistance: 916-381-0330, for TTY, call 711.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released the following statement regarding the death of California State University, Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez in yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris:
“On behalf of all Californians, Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to the Gonzalez family, Nohemi’s friends and the entire Long Beach State community impacted by this senseless tragedy.”
In recognition of the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.
While there is no known, specific or credible threat to California or the United States at this time, Governor Brown has directed his Office of Emergency Services to fully activate the California State Threat Assessment System and continue working with local, state and federal law enforcement and emergency services officials to ensure all necessary steps are taken to keep Californians safe. The California State Threat Assessment System assists in the detection, prevention, investigation and response to criminal and terrorist activity, disseminates intelligence and facilitates communications between state, local, federal and tribal agencies as well as private sector partners, to help them take action on threats.
SACRAMENTO – As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this year’s devastating wildfires.
The full text of the executive order can be found here.
California’s Drought Response
Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January 2014 and directed state agencies to take all necessary actions to respond to drought conditions. In April, Governor Brown announced the first-ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions and a series of actions to help save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. Californians have responded with unprecedented conservation efforts, exceeding the Governor’s water reduction order for a fourth consecutive month.
To date, guided by the California Water Action Plan, the state has committed hundreds of millions of dollars – including Water Bond funds – to emergency drought relief, disaster assistance, water conservation and infrastructure projects across the state. Efforts are also underway to establish a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the first time in California’s history based on legislation signed by Governor Brown last year.
Throughout the year, Governor Brown has convened mayors, business leaders and top agricultural, environmental and urban water agency officials from across California to discuss the state’s drought and conservation efforts.
In October, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency on the unprecedented tree die-off and sought federal action to help mobilize additional resources for the safe removal of dead and dying trees, building on provisions in the April 2014 executive order to redouble the state’s drought response.
To learn more about the state’s drought response, visit: Drought.CA.Gov.
Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.