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Residents in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties who suffered damages from the Camp, Hill or Woolsey wildfires have 15 more days to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Friday, Feb. 15, is now the last day to register.
The State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services requested an extension from FEMA, based on continued registrations, which indicate some are still assessing their damage and need additional time to apply for aid.
Homeowners, renters and small-business owners must sign-up by Feb. 15 to be considered for eligibility in any of several federal disaster assistance programs. Survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. Disaster assistance often provides benefits not covered by insurance.
The Feb. 15 deadline also applies to applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA also helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.
FEMA’s Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants referred to SBA must complete and submit an SBA loan application to be considered for additional forms of disaster assistance.
Applicants who do not qualify for an SBA loan may be referred back to FEMA and may be eligible to receive Other Needs Assistance grants for these items.
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center’s toll-free number is 800-659-2955. Help is also available by sending an email to email@example.com or by visiting www.sba.gov. Survivors may apply online at SBA’s secure website: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Those impacted by the fires can register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multi-lingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Survivors also can register and apply for assistance at any Disaster Recovery Center jointly operated by Cal OES and FEMA. DRCs are staffed by representatives of FEMA’s Individual Assistance and Mitigation teams, the SBA and other state and federal agencies, as well as nongovernmental service organizations.