Tulare County residents now eligible for federal assistance due to SQF Complex

Tulare County residents now eligible
On August 22, 2020, the President declared a major disaster (FEMA-4558-DR-CA) for fires burning in the State of California. Tulare County was not initially included in this declaration. 
However, on October 12th, the State of California requested that Tulare County be added to Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to the SQF Complex fire. As of October 15, Tulare County was officially added to the Federal Major Disaster Declaration for Wildfires in California, providing individual assistance programs and resources to those impacted by the SQF Complex Fire. The fire destroyed over 200 structures in southern Tulare County. Tulare County residents now eligible
In addition to residents being eligible for federal individual and household programs and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance, the declaration also qualifies Tulare County for additional aid under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.

For additional information regarding the Major Disaster Declaration for California Wildfires visit:
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4558

Applying for Assistance (FEMA):
https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

FEMA Individual Assistance:
https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual

SBA Disaster Assistance:
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ 

FEMA’s individual assistance program provides grants to help eligible victims of wildfire with financial assistance that may include rent, home repair, home replacement, and other disaster-related needs, such as childcare and medical and dental expenses. Tulare County residents now eligible

The first step to access these benefits, apply for disaster assistance with FEMA online; by downloading the FEMA app to a smartphone or tablet; or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The SBA is offering assistance that helps eligible households, landlords, and businesses with disaster loans for physical and economic losses, and has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters. Customer service representatives are available to answer questions from business owners and individuals about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help complete the electronic loan application. The Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center can be reached at 1-800-659-2955 or via email at FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. Hours of operation are daily from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The deadline to register for federal assistance programs is November 23, 2020. All individuals impacted by the SQF Complex Fire are encouraged to register before the deadline, even if you are unsure of your needs or interest in these programs; failure to register before the deadline may make you ineligible for future services. Tulare County residents now eligible

The County of Tulare continues to operate the Local Assistance Center (LAC) for residents victims of the SQF Complex Fire. This includes anyone who lost their home, suffered property damage, or other hardships. The LAC is a one-stop-shop location to assist in obtaining critical government services and resources for residents with losses or damages caused by the SQF Complex Fire.
An SQF Complex Fire Hotline is also available at (559) 802-9790 to assist those impacted in navigating the process of getting help. Tulare County is actively working to bring new federal partner agencies into the Local Assistance Center in the coming days.

The County is collaborating with state and federal partners to develop a Private Property Debris Removal Program, to assist property owners with damaged or destroyed properties as a result of the fire. More details will be announced in the coming weeks as they become available. County officials remind residents not to begin removing debris from their properties at this time, as it may jeopardize eligibility for this program. Debris also poses several health hazards, and debris piles should not be entered without proper personal protective equipment. Tulare County residents now eligible

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