Immediate Post Disaster Tips
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.
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: ContactRT@hcd.ca.gov.
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.
SBA Fact Sheet – Disaster Loans
Application Filing Deadlines for Physical Damage: January 11, 2019; Economic Injury: August 12, 2019
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