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Resources For Fire Victims

Through our experience representing victims of California fires, we’ve seen firsthand how challenging it can be to rebuild. We’ve also learned that having access to vetted, free resources for legal, employment, insurance, and other questions can help fire victims get on the path to recovery with confidence.

Make our experience work for you. Visit this page for a list of resources that will change to suit the current needs of the North Bay communities affected by the fires. Or join us at one of our upcoming community informational meetings.

Have a question about something not addressed here? We may be able to help. Fill out the form to speak with a member of our team, free.

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FEMA

Review information on individual government assistance, including what to know before you apply and what kind of assistance FEMA can provide.

State & County Disaster Resources

Downloadable resources from California Office of Emergency Services and the Sonoma County Human Services Department.

Taxes & Businesses

The Franchise Tax Board is offering tax relief for California taxpayers impacted by wildfires in Orange, Solano, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.

Employer Questions

As you begin to rebuild your business following the fires, you may face questions about your employees’ pay, leaves of absence during the fires, and benefits that are available. We address some of these questions below.

Insurance

Understanding the extent and limits of your policy coverage, assessing the value of lost or damaged property, and making insurance claims can be complex and challenging -– especially in distressing times when access to resources, finances, and crucial paperwork is compromised.

Employee Questions

If you have missed work because of the fires, or your workplace has been shut down because of them, you may have questions about your rights to pay and leave. We address some of these questions below.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Aid

Review information on individual government assistance, including what to know before you apply and what kind of assistance FEMA can provide.

Help After a Disaster
Ayuda después de un desastre

Call 1-800-621-FEMA or click here to register for aid, and have this information ready when  you apply:

    • Social Security Number (one per household)
    • Address of the damaged home or apartment
    • Description of the damage
    • Information about insurance coverage
    • Telephone number
    • Mailing address

  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

State & County Disaster Resources

Download a list of resources from the California Office of Emergency Services, including food assistance, crisis counseling, and senior services:

Disaster Recovery Assistance and Services 

Taxes & Business

Individuals

The Franchise Tax Board is offering tax relief for certain California taxpayers impacted by wildfires in counties across the state.

Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2016 California tax returns and make payments until January 31, 2018.

Disaster Loss – How to Claim a State Tax Deduction 
Request for Copy of Personal Income or Fiduciary Tax Return

Businesses

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is also offering tax relief to certain business owners. Click here to request relief.