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C.A.R. stands ready to assist REALTORS® who have been impacted by these wildfires through its Disaster Relief Fund. The Association established the fund in the wake of the 2003 California wildfires. Grants provided by the fund are used to help members of the REALTOR® family -- REALTORS®, their staff, and Association members and their staff -- who have incurred substantial losses due to wildfires and other disasters by distributing grants of $1,000 to $10,000. If you are a REALTOR® who has been impacted by the wildfires, you may make an application to request a grant from the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund by calling Sharlena Bernard at (213) 739-8297 or e-mail SharlenaB@car.org. 


What To Do After the Fire

Apply for FEMA Disaster Relief Funds
https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Those affected by the California wildfire should apply for assistance by calling toll-free to (800) 621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster victims may register by calling this number.  You do not have to wait to go to a disaster assistance center.  The number for speech and hearing impaired individuals is (800) 462-7585.  Federal disaster assistance available for residents and businesses in the affected counties includes temporary housing assistance, disaster loans and other needs assistance grants.

CARe!
http://www.carehelp.org/
Provides free disaster recovery help, information and guidance.

C.A.R. Legal and Tax Assistance Links
C.A.R.’s legal What’s New page offers links and information on tax, legal and other issues for wildfire victims.

FHA Mortgage Insurance for Disaster Victims
https://hudgov.prod.parature.com/link/portal/57345/57355/Article/7098/What-is-Mortgage-Insurance-for-Disaster-Victims-Section-203h
The Section 203(h) program allows the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure mortgages made by qualified lenders to victims of a major disaster who have lost their homes and are in the process of rebuilding or buying another home.

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
http://www.oesnews.com/category/press-releases/
The California office of Emergency Services provides information and links to various sites for information about assistance programs for wildfire victims.

American Red Cross: Picking up the pieces after a fire

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m38840101_picking-up-the-pieces-after-a-fire.pdf
Created by the American Red Cross, this information encourages you to take precautions to help stay safe and speed up your recovery after a fire.  It also offers ideas on what you can do to help make yourself and your home safer in the future.

Disaster Recovery: A guide to financial issues
http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/recovering-financially

This free guide offered as a public service of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), AICPA Foundation, the American Red Cross, and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®), provides financial recovery information to victims of disaster.

Claims personnel from Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® deployed to SoCal
https://www.farmers.com/catastrophe/alert/
Customers who have been ordered to evacuate, have suffered damage, or lost their home because of the widespread wildfires, should immediately contact Farmers’ 24 hour claims hotline (800) HelpPoint (435-7764) for immediate assistance.  Customer care centers have been established at
• Elks Lodge, 1200 Hastings Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
• The Home Depot, 4825 Redwood Dr., Rohnert Park, CA 94928 


 
 

Insurance-Related Issues

California Department of Insurance Wildfire Information
http://www.insurance.ca.gov

DOI can be contacted for general information and guidance about insurance claims by calling (800) 927-HELP (4357).


Fire Preparedness Information

How to Prepare
http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_6_,00.html 
A list from the American Red Cross about how to prepare for a disaster.

Animals Lost in Disaster
http://www.disastercenter.com/pets/animals.htm 
Information for people who have lost pets, livestock, or other animals during a disaster.

Creating a Family Disaster Plan
http://www.disastercenter.com/guide/family.htm 
Steps to take to create a family disaster plan to expedite voluntary and forced evacuations in the event of an emergency.


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