WILDFIRE, FLOOD, AND MUDSLIDE RECOVERY RESOURCES
Below you will find links to disaster 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.
As part of the continuing disaster recovery effort, individuals and families impacted by the wildfires and/or mudslides in Santa Barbara or Ventura Counties may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance. A family of four with a monthly income up to $2,755 per month may be eligible to receive up to $640 in food assistance through California’s Disaster CalFresh program.
Households must apply for this assistance between Tuesday, February 6th and Wednesday, February 14.
Disaster CalFresh Press Release – February 2, 2018
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available for authorized workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost jobs or had work hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires and associated flooding, mudslides, and debris flows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura 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 disasters. Individuals have until February 20, 2018 to file a DUA claim, but this filing deadline may be extended for good cause.
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
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.