The Next Step After Applying For Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ‚Äď If you have uninsured or underinsured losses from the recent California wildfires and have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the next step is the home inspection.¬†

All inspections will be conducted by phone due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the safety and health of our workforce and survivors. Remote inspections are comparable to traditional, in-person inspections and can expedite recovery assistance, based on eligibility. 

For security purposes, the inspector will verify your identity by asking a series of qualifying questions and then provide you with the first four digits of your application to complete the verification. 

Expect calls from inspection teams to come from a variety of area codes. Check missed calls and voicemails frequently to ensure the inspection is arranged and completed. 

Survivors with minimal damage who can live in their homes will not automatically be scheduled for a home inspection when applying for FEMA assistance. Instead, they will receive a letter from FEMA explaining that they may call the FEMA Helpline to request an inspection if they find significant disaster-caused damage to their home after they applied. 

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD). 

FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters. 

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 helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. 

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA at SBA.gov/disaster. 

Monica Vargas

Monica is an 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, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake and EMAC PIO support to 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

One thought on “The Next Step After Applying For Disaster Assistance

  • August 27, 2020 at 6:20 pm
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    Is there any website that’s all inclusive of what resources are available for solano Co residents that lost everything with LNU fure
    Ie spreadsheet with names / business / phone & Notes on how they can help
    Any place that assists in collecting all the resources needed
    Thank u sooo much

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