Additional Assistance Available to Repair Disaster-damaged Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seven California counties impacted by the October 2017 wildfires will have additional federal assistance for permanent repair and replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure.

An amendment to the President’s major disaster declaration of Oct. 10, 2017 expands FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

The counties were previously designated for PA covering debris removal and emergency protective measures, such as overtime costs for officials responding to the disaster. This announcement allows reimbursement for eligible permanent work on infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and public buildings, including fire stations, schools, water-control facilities, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities.

Government entities, including federally recognized tribal governments, and certain nonprofit organizations that suffered damage or losses as a result of the disaster may be eligible for the funding. Public Assistance is cost sharing help with FEMA paying at least 75 percent of eligible repair costs and work.

For more information on California recovery, visit the disaster web page at,, and Twitter at


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 


Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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