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 Jennifer Ly at (213) 739-8203 or e-mail JenniferL@car.org.
What To Do After the Fire
Apply for FEMA Disaster Relief Funds http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm 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 in the Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Lakeside and East County.
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 http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/ins/203h-dft.cfm 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.
San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services http://www.sbcfire.org/oes/site_links.asp The County of San Bernardino has launched a temporary phone service to offer information about resources for wildfire victims, including information on shelters, school, road closures, and various social services.
American Red Cross: Picking up the pieces after a fire http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_569_,00.html 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/services/disaster/beprepared/FinRecovery/ 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 http://www.farmers.com/FarmComm/catastrophe.html 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 • Kennedy High School, 11254 Gothic Avenue in Granada Hills, CA • San Fernando High School, 11133 O’Melveny Avenue in San Fernando, CA • Sylmar High School, 13050 Borden Avenue in Sylmar, CA 91352