The deadline to register for federal assistance has been extended to Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, for survivors of California's November wildfires.
This announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency comes just hours after President Donald Trump, "suggested poor forest management is to blame for California's deadly wildfires and said he's ordered FEMA to stop giving the state money 'unless they get their act together,'" the Associated Press reports.
Hours after Trump's tweet, the state's emergency operations agency said FEMA is extending its deadline for victims in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to seek assistance.
Nearly 26,000 applications from survivors of the Camp, Hill and Woolsey Fires have been received by FEMA to date.
Disaster assistance for those individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs, FEMA said.
FEMA assured survivors that disaster assistance grants are not taxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare or other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid.
The deadline for submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also been extended to Jan. 31.
SBA disaster loans fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.
How to register for FEMA
By Phone: Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. PST, daily. Multilingual operators are available.
In person: Visit a FEMA/Cal OES Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). DRCs are facilities where applicants can learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. To find locations, visit the DRC locator online.
For more information on SBA disaster funds, applicants may visit their nearest DRC, apply online at SBA.gov/disaster, or contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service at 800-659-2955.
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