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 atDisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires, allowing CAL FIRE’s Sonoma Lake Napa Unit to transition to winter preparedness effective Monday, November 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM in Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties.
The annual Lake County Burn Ban for 2015 is lifted as of Monday, November 16, 2015. Lake County’s joint Fire Agencies and Air Quality Management District’s open burning program has incorporated both fire safety and air quality management since 1987.
Churches, temples, mosques and other religious centers, as well as other private nonprofit organizations affected by wildfires in California’s Calaveras and Lake counties, are eligible to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to help rebuild. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
When the President declares a disaster, the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery for businesses of any size, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters for disaster damage not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is working in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help survivors recover as much as possible from this disaster.
If Lake and Calaveras County residents receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency saying they are not eligible for disaster assistance, it is important that they read the letter carefully and then contact FEMA if they have questions or need assistance making an appeal. A document describing this process is available on this website's FEMA Information Page.
The appeal must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on the FEMA letter, not the date received. FEMA will help survivors make an appeal.
Survivors can call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. For 711 or video relay service, call 800-621-3362. They can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To locate the nearest center, call FEMA or go online to FEMA.gov/DRC.
A direct telephone hotline is operational to process any requests from survivors who may need additional assistance: 916-381-0330; for TTY, call 711.
Lake County residents will now have an opportunity to get recovery questions answered one-on-one with Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Coordinator, Carol Huchingson.
Huchingson, who is the Lake County Director of Social Services, has been tapped by the Lake County Board of Supervisors to lead the Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Task Force. The task force focuses on bringing residents the resources they need to recover from the Valley Fire.
The deadline is Nov. 23, 2015, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance and to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest, long term disaster loans.
The first public Lake County Valley Fire Long-term Recovery Task Force meeting was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown, with over hundred people in attendance.
The Long-term Recovery Task Force has been meeting weekly via conference calls since the beginning of October. It is a partnership of local, state, federal, tribal and volunteer representatives. These agencies are working together to provide comprehensive services to aid in the recovery of Valley Fire survivors and Lake County residents.
In an effort to provide more information to the public and make the recovery process more interactive, Recovery Coordinator Carol Huchingson made the decision to open the meeting to the public. Residents can now hear first-hand about the progress of the Valley Fire long-term recovery and ask questions or provide input into the recovery process.
Minutes of the meeting have been posted on www.LakeCountyRecovers.com and Lake County OES Facebook page and @LakeCountyOES twitter account.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Twin Pine Casino Event Center at at 22223 Highway 29 in Middletown, California.
For the latest news and information on the Valley Fire long-term recovery, please visit www.LakeCountyRecovers.com or Lake County OES’s social media sites: Twitter: @LakeCountyOES and Facebook: LakeCountyOES.
The Lake County Valley Fire Recovery Task Force is a collaborative team comprised of government branches, local Native American tribes and individuals and organizations who are working together toward creating a recovery solution to those affected by the fires that devastated portions of Lake County. Following is a summary of a public meeting of the Valley Fire Recovery Task Force held Tuesday, November 3 at Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown.
It is time to buy flood insurance, if you don’t already have it. Available to everyone, businesses, homeowners and renters alike, it is the only insurance that will help you recover from flooding and mudflows.
Citing a strong El Niño and other factors, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts wetter than average conditions for central and southern California, along with warmer than normal temperatures from December through February. There is a 30-day waiting period between purchasing flood insurance and the time the insurance goes into effect.
Official information blog for the Lake County Office of Emergency Services