Immediate Post Disaster Tips

1.Post Office

a. Get a “Change of Address” packet from the Post Office and setup a PO Box.

b. Every day bills will continue to come for general services. Some companies will temporarily disconnect service. You may be able to get some relief from them.


2. Housing

Temporary housing may not be allowed on site. It will depend on site conditions, location within the community, and the amount of damage sustained. It is recommended to relocate off site if it is covered by insurance. You may set up a temporary “job shack” to store items, set up plans, and have a place from which to view progress.


For immediate housing needs, rental help is available for wildfire survivors. If you have become homeless or are within 21 days of becoming homeless, you may call 805-385-8585. Click here for more information.


3. Property taxes

Contact the County Tax Collector to get your property tax reduced while rebuilding. They have indicated that during the reconstruction period, you will be taxed only on the land value. When construction is completed, or when they do their normal assessment, a percentage of rebuild construction cost will be assessed. For example, if 30% of the rebuild is completed, then 30% of the old value will the assessed. Check with them on their latest decisions.


4. Register for assistance:

  • With Red Cross:  

  • With FEMA - or calling 1.800.621.3362.

  • If you own a mobile home or manufactured home that was damaged or destroyed in the recent California wildfires, please call 1.833.421.5990 (TDD: 1.800.735.2929) or email:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Federal Disaster Loan Assistance

    • You may be eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Business, economic injury, and home loans are available. 


5. Utilities

Who are your Utility Service Providers? Gas, Electric, Water, Wastewater, Cable/Internet, Trash Recycling Services

Southern California Edison Ready to Help Fire Victims

So Cal Gas Emergency Response Information

So Cal Gas Emergency Help Center

The Building Industry Association Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter

350 South Bixel Street
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 797-5994