If you are a victim of a wildfire, it can be an extremely stressful time, even months after. If you find yourself overwhelmed and experiencing anxiety or depression, please reach out for help. Click the button below for Alpine County Behavioral Health Services (ACBHS). And if you believe you are having a mental health emergency, call 911.
The Cal Fire site lists major fires and provides containment information, evacuation orders and more. Click below to get to the CALfire site; then click on "incidents".
If you have been affected by a wildfire, reach out to your bank when you can. That’s because banks often offer leniency for those who’ve had their lives upended by natural disasters, including waiving late fees, out-of-network ATM fees and creating repayment arrangements on credit cards and loans. Consider downloading your bank's secure Mobile App so that you can use online banking.
Authorities warn the public not to remove debris and ash from their homes or burn sites; hazardous materials are present. Under the state program, administered by CalRecycle and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, property owners incur no direct costs for participation.
Wildfires can compromise water quality both during active burning, and for months and years after the fire has been contained. During active burning, ash can settle on lakes and reservoirs used for drinking water supplies. Contact your local county or water provider to find out more information on the safety of your water supply.
Liberty is taking steps to mitigate the risk of wildfires in the communities we serve. Liberty has implemented a Wildfire Mitigation Plan that addresses local factors. There are three main pillars or actions Liberty is taking to reduce the possibility of an electrical infrastructure-ignited wildfire. The first pillar is vegetation management, which aims to eliminate combustible fuel under and around power lines. The second pillar is infrastructure hardening, or upgrading and/or replacing infrastructure that could potentially cause a spark or ignition. Third, and used as a last resort, are Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which are implemented when weather conditions become an extreme fire risk, and shutting power off to some or all of the electrical grid is deemed a necessary precaution to prevent a fire start.
Funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be available to help individuals rebuild, repair and replace housing and other personal property not covered by insurance. Individuals who are impacted by the fires should apply for FEMA assistance. You can apply in the following ways:
If you need assistance obtaining food after a disaster, Alpine County Health and Human Services (HHS) may have information for you. Call HHS at: (530) 694-2235. You may also be able to obtain financial assistance through California's SNAP program if a disaster is declared.
The National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and various law enforcement and regulatory agencies to form a national coordinating agency within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice to improve and further the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, and to advocate for the victims of such fraud. https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud
The Department of Insurance provides information to remind renters and homeowners policy holders about evacuation relocation coverage they may have. DOI Reminds Policyholders about Evacuation Coverage
You can also find information about filing a claim and seek assistance with filing or addressing concerns with your insurer. Department of Insurance Disaster Resources
The Insurance Information Institute provides two links you may also find useful in the claims process:
During declared disasters, pharmacies are authorized to refill prescriptions without renewed contact with your physician. For new health needs, we encourage people to contact their primary care provider.
If you’ve lost important documents or identification in the fires, many can be replaced. You can learn more about how to replace these common documents by contacting them directly:
California Driver’s License: 800-777-0133; Visit a California DMV office to complete an application. Replacement license forms must be delivered in person.
Green Cards: 800-375-5283; www.uscis.gov
Medicare Cards: 800-772-1213; (TTY) 800-325-0778; www.ssa.gov/medicare
Military Records: 866-272-6272; www.archives.gov/contact/
Passport: 877-487-2778; 888-874-7793 (TTY); https://www.travel.state.gov
Social Security Card: 800-772-1213; (TTY) 800-325-0778; www.ssa.gov
U.S. Savings Bonds: 844-284-2676; www.treasurydirect.gov
U.S. Tax Returns: 800-829-1040; www.irs.gov
Many organizations and individuals have quickly offered assistance during past emergencies (sometimes these offers are "in the moment") to help keep displaced pets fed, hydrated, housed and comfortable. Reach out to your neighbors, county agencies and local emergency response locations for information on where pets or livestock may have been moved to.
The Attorney General of California has information on price gouging, how to prevent it or how to report it. It is a misdemeanor for a landlord to increase the monthly rental price for residential housing to an existing or prospective tenant by more than 10 percent of the “pre-disaster fair market price.” Under certain circumstances, it can be a misdemeanor to evict a housing tenant during the same time period.
The Board of Equalization provides information on when and how you can obtain property tax relief when your home if affected by a disaster.
California Department of Transportation provides current highway and road conditions.
Red Cross has a site where you can let family and friends know that you are safe and you can also look for loved ones who you have lost communication with. The site is called Safe & Well.
Small Business Administration (SBA) loans may also be available to individuals and businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, inventory and supplies. After registering with FEMA, businesses and homeowners that would like to apply for SBA loans can do so online at: Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
We recommend using text to communicate whenever possible. Because cell towers may be damaged by wildfires, more people will tap into fewer towers. Text requires less "energy" than cell calls. Telecom companies will wait for permission to go into damaged areas to install temporary towers.
Employment Development Department has information on how to apply for unemployment during a disaster. Disaster Unemployment Assistance Information
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