Federal Assistance for California Wildfire Survivors Tops $27 Million


Even though the deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed, FEMA, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) remain in the state to assist individuals, families and businesses that suffered losses from the wildfires that swept Lake and Calaveras counties.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, FEMA and SBA have approved more than $27 million in federal disaster assistance for California survivors.

Here is a snapshot of the disaster-recovery efforts:

  • The registration period for federal assistance ended Nov. 23. During that timeframe, more than 3,700 Californians contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA. To date more than $11.3 million has been approved.
    • Housing Assistance approved: nearly $7.3 million.
    • Other Needs Assistance approved: nearly $4.0 million.
  • The SBA has approved more than $16.2 million in low-interest disaster loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.
  • Two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) are open and operated by SBA, where SBA customer service representatives continue to meet with business owners and survivors to help close approved disaster loans and explain Economic Injury Disaster Loans with small businesses and private nonprofit organizations. DLOCs in Calaveras and Lake counties are located at:
    • The Calaveras County DLOC in San Andreas is located at 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This center will close Tuesday, Dec. 8.
    • The Lake County DLOC in Middletown is located at 21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • FEMA has completed 2,858 home inspections – completing 99 percent of those required.

Those registered are urged to keep in touch with FEMA, especially if there is an address or phone number change.

Survivors can make changes or track their grant status online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

For more information on California’s wildfire recovery, survivors may visit: caloes.ca.gov or fema.gov/disaster/4240 and follow us on Twitter@femaregion9 and Facebook.com/FEMA and follow us on Twitter @femaregion9 and @Cal_OES and on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMA and facebook.com/CaliforniaOES.


Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

One thought on “Federal Assistance for California Wildfire Survivors Tops $27 Million

  • December 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Recover Calaveras! It is good to see the news about assistance coming forward. So essential to survivors and grateful that we have a government (our government) ready to provide these critical resources.


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