Valley Fire September 2020
Follow links below for help in the recovery process. Residents can also call 2-1-1 for health and community resources.
Valley Fire Recovery Assistance Now Available, Register Today
For individuals who lost their home or sustained other losses due to the Valley Fire, you may be able to apply for federal assistance. FEMA gives eligible survivors financial awards to help them pay for such needs as rent, home repair or replacement; medical, dental or funeral costs, transportation and other serious disaster-related expenses.
Before you apply, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage. Take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts related to home repair.
You can register for this federal assistance in three ways:
- Online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/,
- Download and use the FEMA app on your smartphone or tablet, or
- Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. PDT. The helpline has specialists who speak many different languages.
The deadline to register is December 15
To apply for assistance, be prepared with the following information:
- Social Security Number
- Insurance policy information
- Address of the damaged primary dwelling
- A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
- Current mailing address
- Current telephone number
- Total household annual income
- Routing and account number of your checking or savings account (for direct transfer to your bank account)
For additional resources and background, please visit https://wildfirerecovery.caloes.ca.gov/ and click on “Current Incidents.”
FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance available at the Rancho San Diego Library
FEMA will have staff present at the Rancho San Diego Library on the following dates to help Valley Fire survivors register for disaster assistance programs:
- October 29 - 30, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- October 31, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Address: 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a
Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters.
Customer service representatives are available to assist business
owners and individuals to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan
program, explain the application process and help each person complete
their electronic loan application.
Virtual Business Recovery Center and Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Monday – Sunday (7 days/week)
5 a.m. – 5 p.m. PDT
For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339.
and General Resources
- 2-1-1 San Diego
- Recovery organizations, Services and Contact information
Homeowner's Online Assistance Center
- After the Fire: Preparedness and Erosion
- SDGE Customer Care Center (1-800-411-7343)
- Generator Assistance Program/SDGE
- The Salvation Army: General Disaster Support (1-800-725-9005)
- American Red Cross-Valley Fire Recovery
- Volunteer Organizations Active in a Disaster (VOAD)
- Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance
- Farm Service Agency's Tree Assistance Program
Rebuilding and Permit Processing in the Unincorporated County
- Rebuilding: Commonly Asked Questions
Occupancy Permits for Fire Damaged Homes
- Permit Processing for Fire Damaged Homes – Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems
- Building Permit Application
- Planning & Development Contact List
- Minimum Plot Plan Information
- 2016 Agriculture Fire Damage Agricultural Assessment Form
- Property Tax Disaster Relief Information
- San Diego County Fire Debris Disposal Bin Program
- Homeowners’ Guide for Flood, Debris, and Erosion Control after Fires
- Post-Fire Ash and Debris Cleanup Guidance
- Fire Damaged Buildings and Asbestos
- Wildfire Asbestos Advisory
- Fact Sheet: Protecting Public Health from Home and Building Fire Ash (Safe Cleanup of Fire Ash) (PDF)
- Construction & Demolition Recycling Guide
- Construction & Demolition Recycling Facility Directory
- General Recycling Information
- Landfill and Transfer Station Map
- San Diego County Burned Vehicle Removal Program
Public Health and Hazardous Waste
- What To Do After A Wildfire: Safety Tips
- Managing Propane Tanks and Cylinders In Areas Affected by Wildfire
- Emergency "TOPs" for Fire Damaged Homes
- Well Water Disinfection
- Swimming Pools Impacted by Smoke and Ash
- Household Hazardous Waste Information
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities
- More Environmental Health Information
California State Resources Franchise Tax Board
- Disaster Loss
- Disaster Loss Publication
- Franchise Tax Board News Releases
- Request Free Copies of Replacement Tax Forms
- California Department of Insurance
California State Resources Veteran Services
- How to Apply for VA Healthcare
- VA Healthcare Application
- Records (DD214 Order Form)
- SF180- Emergency Request Instructions
- California Wildfire Information for Veterans
- CALVET Home Loan Brochure
- CALVET Homeowners Insurance Brochure
- CALVET Veterans Resource Book
- Nation's Finest Veterans Service Centers
- Work for Warriors Employment Assistance
- Top 10 Tips for Claimants
- Top 10 Tips for Finding Residential Insurance
- Avoid Post-Disaster Rip-Offs
- Beware of Scams (video)
- Avoid Unlicensed Contractors (California Licensing Board)
Recovery Assistance Email
Unincorporated County residents affected by the wildfires may email ValleyFireRecovery@sdcounty.ca.gov. Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Emails received after hours or on the weekends will be returned next business day.
|To help with the recovery process, the County of San Diego has placed fire debris disposal bins at locations near the burn area for fire survivors to dispose of debris from their properties. To help individual property owners that have lost their homes, the County is also offering to deliver bins to individual properties. Fire debris bin program details can be found on the Valley Fire Debris Disposal Bin Program Webpage.The program will close down on December 5, 2020.|
To help residents living in or around the burn area, the County has
opened the Erosion Control Center to advise people on how to protect
their homes and provide sand, sandbags and fiber rolls for free to
help stabilize burned properties before rains arrive. Protect your
property now from flooding.
The Erosion Control Center is by appointment only. Call (888) 846-0800 for more information.
San Diego Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters or VOAD:
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that builds resiliency in communities nationwide. It serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle — preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation — to help disaster survivors and their communities.
For Disaster Recovery Guidance click here and fill out their Disaster Intake Form to follow up with a recovery team member.
The best way to help those impacted by the Valley Fire is a financial donation to a trusted local organization that can help meet the needs of survivors when they need it. Donations of goods such as clothing and household items can sometimes be difficult to distribute as someone who just lost their home may not have a place to keep donated items. Learn more about donations after a disaster.