Zogg, Glass Fire Survivors May Now Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO ‚Äď The FEMA¬†Individuals and Housing Program¬†is available to all eligible renters and homeowners in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties, which are covered in the Oct. 16, 2020, federal disaster declaration. Federal monetary awards may help pay for temporary housing and other needs not covered by insurance. The initial rental award is for two months and may be reviewed for further assistance.

Renters may also qualify for an award under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance Program for essential personal property and other disaster-related expenses. These may include replacement or repair of necessary personal property, such as furniture, appliances, clothing, textbooks or school supplies; replacement or repair of tools and other job-related equipment; vehicle repair; and medical/dental bills.

Those affected may register with FEMA:

  • Online, by visiting¬†www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
  • By downloading the FEMA app to a smartphone or tablet; or
  • By calling the¬†FEMA Helpline at¬†800-621-3362¬†(TTY 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free lines are open¬†7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. PDT daily. Helpline operators are also available to answer questions about applications already submitted.

The registration process includes providing a phone number so FEMA can contact you and set up a virtual home inspection. If you use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, you should provide FEMA your specific number assigned to that service.

To register online at DisasterAssistance.gov click the blue Apply Online button at the bottom of the page, then review the disaster survivor application checklist and complete an application to learn if you are eligible to receive disaster assistance.

After registering, you may stay on DisasterAssistance.gov to create a personal online disaster assistance account to stay in touch with FEMA. To create one:

  • Click the green Check Status button at bottom of DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Click the blue Create Account button at bottom of page.
  • Enter your date of birth and Social Security number, which you provided previously when registering for assistance.
  • Answer four security questions that are generated from public record data to verify your identity.
  • Create a user ID and password.
  • Enter an email address. FEMA will send a temporary PIN to it within 24 hours. Follow the instructions in the email to finish creating your account.

For the latest information on wildfire recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4569.

 

Alyson Hanner

Alyson Hanner joined the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in 2020 after working nearly 20 years in the broadcast news industry. Since joining Cal OES, she has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the historic 2020 wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, she served as managing editor at local television stations in San Diego and Sacramento.

One thought on “Zogg, Glass Fire Survivors May Now Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

  • October 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm
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    We live on 40 acres of forested land affected by the Glass Fire in Calistoga. Our insurance will pay for a certain amount of tree removal but there are areas on the property that down trees make limited access to other fire road service that function as emergency Cal Fire access roads. Is there any assistance available top help clear these downed trees.

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