Trinity County (November 22, 2021) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the request by the Trinity County Office of Emergency Services and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) to include the River Complex in the major disaster declaration for the 2021 wildfires in Trinity County.
Individuals, governmental entities, and eligible private non-profits impacted by the River Complex in Trinity County are now eligible for both FEMA Individual Assistance/Public Assistance and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance under FEMA-4610-DR-CA.
Although the deadline to register with FEMA/SBA closed on November 8, 2021, those impacted by the River Complex are still able to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) and with SBA by calling 1-800-659-2955. The deadline for those impacted by the River Complex to register with FEMA/SBA has been extended to January 8, 2022. Those impacted by the River Complex should inform FEMA/SBA that they are registering late because the River Complex was added to DR-4610 after the November 8, 2021 registration deadline.
The following agencies/organizations have information or resources to support Trinity County residents impacted by the July 2021 Lightning Fires:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Deadline to Register with FEMA is November 8, 2021 (Monument Fire)
Federal disaster assistance is now available for wildfire survivors with uninsured and underinsured damage to their primary residence in Tehama and Trinity counties. Assistance may include funds for temporary housing while you are unable to live in your home, such as rental assistance or reimbursement for hotel costs; funds to support the repair or replacement of owner-occupied homes that serve as the household’s primary residence, including privately-owned access routes, such as driveways, roads, or bridges; and funds for disaster-caused expenses and serious needs, such as repair or replacement of personal property and vehicles, funds for moving and storage, medical, dental, child care and other miscellaneous items.
Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance. The easiest way to apply is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Survivors may also call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. If you use a relay service, such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, give FEMA the number for that service.
Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security number; address of the damaged primary residence; insurance coverage information; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.
Disaster assistance is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by a disaster. The assistance is intended to meet your basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts.
Employment Development Department (EDD) - Deadline to apply has been extended to November 30, 2021
Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are now available to fire-impacted individuals in Trinity and Tehama counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has determined that individuals who lost work or self-employment as a direct result of the Dixie Fire in Plumas, Lassen, and Tehama counties; the River Fire in Placer and Nevada counties; the McFarland Fire in Trinity and Tehama counties; and the Monument Fire in Trinity County, are currently eligible to apply for DUA benefits. The fastest and easiest way for new claimants to apply for DUA is to use EDD’s UI Online application, which is available in both English and Spanish. Claimants can also apply for DUA by phone between 8 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., seven days a week: • English: 1-800-300-5616 • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937 • Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-3506 • Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706 • Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters in the counties of Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Tehama and Trinity who suffered losses caused by the wildfires that began on July 14, 2021. SBA has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center that is open Mondays – Fridays, 8 am to 8 pm ET. You can contact an SBA customer service representative via email at FOCWAssistance@sba.gov or by phone at 800-659-2955. SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each survivor recover from the disaster damage and will provide one-on-one assistance in completing applications for these loans. You can apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov.
California Office of Emergency Services – Debris Removal Program
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) - Replace DMV documents
California Department of Insurance (CDI) - Assistance on handling delays, additional living expenses, under-insurance disputes,
California Department of Public Health - Vital Records (CDPH) – Replacing vital records
American Red Cross - Recovery / Disaster Mental Health - American Red Cross caseworkers are available 7 days a week 8am-6pm to help you with recovery assistance. All assistance is free and available to all residents, including non-U.S. citizens who have lost their homes.
American Red Cross - Recovery Assistance - 855-755-7711
Lions Club - Financial Assistance
SMART Workforce Center - resume help, job search assistance and computer support when applying for unemployment
Did a wildfire create a legal problem for you?
Salvation Army - Financial Assistance
NVCSS Crisis Outreach - Crisis Counseling and financial assistance
SNAP Nurse Team / COVID-19 Testing/Vaccination - https://www.trinitycounty.org/COVID-19-Testing-Calendar/month
United Policyholders - Assistance with navigating insurance claims
January 2023 Virtual Workshops
Survivor to Survivor Forum
Connect with trained UP volunteers who navigated recovery after previous wildfires.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. MT
Contents Pricing Party for wildfire survivors
A hands-on workshop to help price your contents and get monies owed to you.
Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. MT
Questions? Email email@example.com
United Policyholders is a nonprofit that helps disaster survivors through the insurance claim and long term recovery process. Educate. Advocate. Empower.
United Way of Northern California - Financial Assistance
Are you living in an RV due to the 2021 Wildfires?
United Way of Northern California – RV Assistance Program provides partial RV space rental assistance, up to 6 months.
Apply at norcalunited.co/RVAssistance
Currently assisting 2021 Wildfire Survivors in Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Plumas, Lassen, and Modoc Counties.
For questions call 530-241-7521
Emergency Assistance for Native Households - Apply at https://ncidc-intake.questionpro.com/
Superior California Economic Development - Business Response & Recovery Loans
Disasters can be devastating to a small business, and a little help can go a long way. Get access to cash quickly to help your business replace lost income, purchase supplies/equipment, or make payroll.
SCED provides Business Recovery Loans for businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Please contact Beth at: 530-225-2760 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July Lightning Fires - Monument Fire, McFarland Fire, River Complex (2021):
CodeRED Emergency Notifications - Text “TrinityCA” to 99411 on your smartphone or go to https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF42F95647FB.
Air Quality Information can be found at North Coast Unified Air Quality Management Unit (NCUAQMD) - https://www.ncuaqmd.org/.