Page last updated: 11/16/2021
On August 24th, 2021, President Biden declared that a major disaster exists in the State of California and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on July 14, 2021, and continuing.
People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for those in California impacted by these wildfires. Survivors facing legal issues may call (888) 382-3406 to learn of the available civil legal resources in their area.
Click here for the full press release on whitehouse.gov.
*Tehama and Trinity counties were added on September 21, 2021.
FEMA Application Deadline
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Appeal your FEMA decision letter
Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter.
Application for Disaster SNAP
DisasterCalFresh has been authorized for residents of Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Plumas Counties, as of September 1st. No deadline has been published on the CalFresh website.
Additionally, CalFresh benefits for residents of Butte, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba counties may be used to purchase hot foods, thru October 3rd, 2021.
Application for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Friday, October 1, 2021
Applications for FEMA Assistance can be submitted by:
Phone: Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.
Online: Fill out the application at DisasterAssistance.gov
In-Person: You can also fill out the application at a FEMA Disaster Resource Center (DRC).
Mobile Registration Intake Center: MRICs move around regularly. They will be in an area for a short period of time to help survivors who need registration help. Visit FEMA’s webpage to find more information about the Mobile Registration Intake Center locations and hours.
Disaster Recovery Center: To find a Disaster Recovery Center near you, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s DRC locator or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area.
Due to the COVID-19 nationwide emergency declared by Former President Trump and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans; FEMA will conduct remote home inspections for disaster survivors until further notice.
This fact sheet provides information about that process. It includes links to PDF and plain text versions.
As of June 1, 2022, FEMA is beginning to transition back to in- home inspections. Remote inspections may still occur if conditions make them necessary again.
Created by FEMA, this handout provides a basic overview what to expect after you have applied for assistance.
Please check your local news and local officials for the latest safety and shelter resources.
Access information on Safety and Shelter assistance through the resources below.
Explore resources from the American Red Cross on how to stay safe and recover from a disaster.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. You may also visit to ask questions about your case. The DRC Locator helps you find the hours, services, and locations of DRCs near you.
A disaster legal aid hotline is now available for survivors of the fires in California in Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Tehama, and Trinity Counties (additional counties may be added) under DR-4610-CA. Disaster survivors facing legal issues related to the fires and who are unable to afford a lawyer may call the hotline at (888) 382-3406. Callers may also leave a message.
For more information, you can read the full press release here.
The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create Disaster Legal Services (DLS) — a program designed to help survivors navigate the aftermath of presidentially- declared disasters. The DLS program provides immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors—at no charge.
Issues where DLS can help include:
Learn more through this short video.
To help meet the growing legal needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with RingCentral Inc. to create a national hotline to connect the Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS) with those seeking civil legal services.
Healthcare Consumer Hotline: 888-804-3536
Disaster Legal Assistance Hotline: 888-382-3406
(no mailing address provided)
DLAC is a coalition of organizations and law firms in Northern California working together to offer free legal services to the communities in the aftermath of natural disasters. Survivors of disasters such as wildfires face a wide variety of legal and financial needs ranging from insurance claim assistance to requests for government programs such as FEMA assistance.
Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state’s website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the attorney.
ABA Free Legal Answers is a website operated by the American Bar Association (ABA) and by an entity or entities in the state where the client lives.
517 Twelfth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Provides free civil legal services to low-income people.