Financial Affairs

Grant, loan applications due for FEMA California wildfire assistance

Friday is the deadline for individuals and households in Sonoma and 14 other counties that have suffered losses in several major forest fires to apply for federal grants and low-interest loans.

Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency help eligible survivors pay for rent, home repairs and replacement, and other serious disaster-related needs, including vehicle repair or replacement, expenses medical and funeral.

Aid programs cover losses from the LNU Lightning Complex (Hennessey, Walbridge and Meyers fires) and August Complex, as well as other major fires outside the region.

The registration deadline is Wednesday for losses related to the Glass fire in Sonoma and Napa counties and other major fires.

For reimbursement, survivors should photograph the damage and keep receipts for repair work, and also file a claim with their insurer before registering with FEMA. The agency can determine eligibility after a claimant’s insurance claim is resolved, but only if they register by Friday.

Survivors can register online at Disaster, with the FEMA mobile app on a smartphone or tablet or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. PST.

Disaster loans for individuals and businesses of all sizes are available from the US Small Business Administration at the Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center at 800-659-2955 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time every days or by email to [email protected]

These services are available under two separate claims and cover Sonoma counties as well as Lake, Napa, Mendocino, Butte, Lassen, Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Stanislaus, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo.

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This story has been revised to include the separate deadline for glass fire grant and loan applications.

You can contact editor Guy Kovner at 707-521-5457 or [email protected] On Twitter @guykovner.