WILDFIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES

Below you will find links to wildfire recovery resources and information on ensuring your health and safety.

Disaster Relief for Immigrants Guide

The California Department of Social Services Guide to Disaster Services for Immigrant Californians provides detailed information about the different types of federal, state, and local disaster assistance services available in California. Although some of the resources are restricted to individuals or households with lawful immigration status, there are many services available to all Californians who have been impacted by the wildfires.

CDSS Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians (PDF)

CDSS Guía de Servicios de Asistencia por Desastres para Californianos Inmigrantes (PDF)

Disaster CalFresh

Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh), federally known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), is a program to meet the temporary nutritional needs of disaster victims within a 30-day period, following a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, earthquake or any other natural disaster. D-CalFresh provides a month's worth of benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to purchase food at authorized retail stores. CDSS will accept D-CalFresh applications until November 1, 2017.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available for authorized workers and self-employed individuals who lost jobs or had work hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, or Yuba counties.

This federal assistance program, administered by the California Employment Development Department (EDD), provides temporary unemployment benefits to people whose job or work hours were directly impacted by the fires. Affected individuals are encouraged to apply online no later than November 16, 2017.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Fact Sheet (PDF)

Programa de Asistencia a los Desempleados por Desastre - Hoja Informativa (PDF)

Employment Development Department (EDD) Press Release on DUA (PDF) – October 17, 2017

Unemployment insurance (UI) and DUA information

Cal/OSHA Worker Health and Safety

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, protects and improves the health and safety of working men and women in California.

Cal/OSHA Worker Health and Safety in Wildfires Regions – Cal/OSHA offers information for employers on how to protect workers exposed to smoke from wildfires and lists County Emergency Operations Centers where N95 respirator masks are available.

Cal/OSHA Worker Health and Safety in Wildfire Regions (PDF) – October 14, 2017

Aviso de Cal/OSHA - Salud y seguridad de trabajadores en regiones de incendios (PDF en Español) – October 16, 2017

To File a Workplace Safety Complaint with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

California Department of Food and Agriculture

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) offers wildfire recovery resources.

California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued guidance on the use of respirators by the general public for protection from wildfire smoke or ash, available in English and Spanish. – October 17, 2017

California Office of Emergency Services

California Wildfire Recovery Resources – October 2017

California Department of Insurance

Insurance Related Resource for 2017 Wildfires

Legal Assistance

If you have questions about your eligibility based on your immigration status or need legal help to navigate the disaster relief application process, you may be eligible for free legal services. To learn more contact the organizations below directly.

California State Bar Legal services for disaster victims

CDSS Community Based Legal Services Contractors