Wildfire survivors in 8 California counties can now apply for federal disaster assistance


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Both individuals and businesses in several California counties can now apply for federal disaster assistance to cover uninsured losses caused by the ongoing wildfires burning across much of Northern California.

President Donald Trump on Saturday approved federal funding for affected individuals in the following counties:

  • Lake
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Cruz
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • Yolo

Assistance can include grants for low-coast loans, temporary housing, and home repairs to cover property losses that are not covered by insurance, as well as other programs to help home and business owners recover from the wildfires.

Grants may also help survivors with financial assistance that include other disaster

Before you apply, you are encouraged to call your insurance company and file a claim along with submitting photos and videos of the damage. Keep all receipts related to home repairs.

Registration for uninsured losses is encouraged to be done as soon as possible online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. You can also download the FEMA app.

Applicants should have the following information ready:

  • Social Security Number
  • Insurance policy information
  • Address of the damaged primary dwelling
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number of your checking or savings account (for direct transfer to your bank account)

Registrations and inspections will be done remotely due to the pandemic, and all inspections will be done by telephone, officials said.

Handling registrations and inspections remotely keeps everyone safe, officials said in an announcement. Inspections will be done by telephone due to COVID-19.

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