Disaster Assistance and Recovery

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Looking for Benefits? Answer questions to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

You can also call 1 (800) 621 - 3362.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), also referred to as Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance, is a federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to individuals unemployed as a result of a “major disaster” declared by the president.

Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.

Here you will find first steps after a fire and tips, tools and resources for recovering from a partial or total wildfire loss. Our main focus is on helping you navigate your insurance claim toward a full, fair and prompt settlement, but we also offer guidance on emotional recovery, debris removal, temporary living arrangements, government aid, construction issues, hiring professional help, and deciding how and if you will repair, rebuild or buy a replacement home.

Major disaster delcaration delcared on Oct 10, 2017. Apply for federal assistance with FEMA. Designated counties (Individual assistance): Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, Yuba

Find open shelters, contact and locate loved ones, and post-emergency recovery.

Crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Text TalkWithUs to 66746 or call (800) 985 - 599.

Free legal advice now available for survivors of the Northern California fires. Call the legal hotline: 415-575-3120. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m -5:30 p.m. Expanded hours starting 10/23 to 8:00 p,m, Monday through Thursday.

Good faith; prompt, honest, and timely communications; fair claims; cooperative investigation; additional living expenses; adjusting and paying your dwelling claim; contractors; fair depreciation; examination under oath; and complaints.

BayLegal is available to assist and will give priority to emergency needs arising from the fires, including: Emergency public benefits such as D-SNAP to access food and CalWORKs, FEMA benefits and claims process, Housing questions specifically related to the fires (ex. ongoing obligations,
getting possessions, etc), Insurance issues, Employment issues, Missing identity documents, Connecting to local resources and statewide pro bono assistance

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now
available for workers and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work
hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa,
Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and to help put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought. The ECP does this by giving ranchers and farmers forest.

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disasters who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs

What should my first steps be? What does the Additional Living Expense (ALE) part of my policy cover? Will my insurer cover the cost if I live in a trailer during reconstruction? Who is responsible for clearing the debris from my lot and is that covered under my policy? How can I get a fair claim settlement? What are my legal rights in California? The insurance company will only pay according to its "pricing guidelines"?