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Insurance: If you have insurance, you do not have to le an insurance claim before applying for FEMA assistance. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to start your insurance claim process. When you receive your insurance settlement, please call FEMA at 800-621-3362 to discuss your assistance options.
Inspections: If an inspection is required, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an appointment to assess your property damage. If you cannot be present, another household member over the age of eighteen may meet with the inspector. Inspectors will have FEMA photo identi cation and are trained to identify damage caused by disasters. Inspectors will not physically access certain areas of your home, such as crawlspaces, attics, and roofs. Inspectors do not decide if you receive FEMA assistance.
Duplication of Benefits: It is important to provide accurate insurance information to avoid a duplication of FEMA assistance. By law, FEMA cannot give assistance for losses addressed by insurance coverage or other sources. If you receive FEMA assistance and have insurance that covers the same loss, you will be required to return the FEMA Assistance.
Financial Assistance Limit: Financial assistance is limited to an annually adjusted amount based on the Consumer Price Index. The nancial assistance limit may be reached with a combination of Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grant awards.
Flood insurance and Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA): If your home is located an SFHA, you are required to purchase and maintain ood insurance on your property as a condition of receiving FEMA disaster assistance. Failure to obtain and maintain ood insurance may affect your eligibility for future FEMA assistance.
Help After a Duration of Assistance: Assistance is provided for up to eighteen months from the disaster declaration, but may be extended if approved by the State, Tribe, or Territory, and FEMA.
Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG)
How Does This Wildfire Season Compare?California has endured some of the worst wildfires in United States history. Find out from CAL FIRE how this wildfire disaster compares to other major incidents.DMV Assists California Fire VictimsThe California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering limited services to residents affected by the wildfires raging across the state. Fire victims who need to replace lost or damaged DMV-related documents can do so free of charge at assistance centers in the impacted areas. Fire victims also can receive support at local DMV field offices, by calling DMV customer service at 1-800-777-0133 or by visiting www.dmv.ca.gov.National Wildfire Coordinating Group MapCheck fire conditions where you live.Check the Air Quality Where You LiveWildfires cause poor air quality not only for the affected county but often for neighboring communities and beyond. Track the air quality in your area. Learn how to Protect Yourself During Wildfire – N95 Filter Masks. NIOSH-Approved N95 Respirators. Contact your local county Emergency Operations Center to find out about obtaining a N95 mask.How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your HealthFact sheet from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on how smoke from fires can affect your health.Disaster Distress HelplineSAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.Department of Insurance Information for Recent Wildfire VictimsTo assist wildfire victims, the California Department of Insurance developed a guide to expedite the recovery process. Department of Business Oversight: Bank Closures in Affected CountiesFind information on bank closures in affected counties due to the California statewide wildfire.Travel Safety Tips When EvacuatingThe California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have outlined specific guidelines on how to properly evacuate and to return home safely.After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family TreasuresWhen evacuating, never risk your personal safety to save belongings. When returning after a fire, wear protective clothing and eyewear to handle items. Hazardous particles may still be in the air and structures will likely be unstable. FEMA has additional tips and resources to salvage personal items that have survived fires.
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The Caltrans QuickMap web page presents several types of real-time traffic information layered on a Google Map. The information includes traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, incident reports, Changeable Message Sign (CMS) content, camera snapshots, and active chain control requirements.
N95 respirator masks are avaliable at the following County Emergency Operations Centers. N95 masks filter out fine particulate matter. To work as expected, an N95 respirator requires a proper fit to your face. Generally, to check for proper fit, you should put on your respirator and adjust the straps so that the respirator fits tightly but comfortably to your face. For information on proper fit, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. For more information, please visit the Food and Drug Administrations page.
If you would like to donate, cash donations are preferred because they reduce the amount of labor and the expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Relief agencies can use cash to meet survivors’ specific needs more quickly while also supporting local economic recovery. For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the
California Office of the Attorney General Charities web site.