This information is intended to consolidate key information for those impacted by recent fires. It is not a complete and comprehensive list of all recovery related issues.
Town Hall Meeting 12-6-18 (YouTube) regarding Fire Recovery and Preparation for Possible Debris and Mudslides
Consideration Points and Tasks
1) Visit the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) to meet with individuals from FEMA, SBA and a wide variety of state and local agencies and organizations. A DAC has been established at the Conrad Hilton Foundation, 30440 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills CA.
2) Contact your insurer. Educate yourself on the details of your policy. Utilize the CA Department of Insurance for support as needed.
3) Open a P.O. Box as a new address if needed.
4) Register with FEMA.
5) Meet with the Small Business Administration for a low interest loan. This includes loans to businesses and individuals – homeowners and renters.
6) Identify a new living situation/location. Consider that rebuilding can take 1-2 years or more.
7) Be aware of the dangers in ash and burnt debris. Follow debris removal requirements.
8) Participate in city/county meetings regarding the availability of community resources and the rebuilding process and timeline.
9) Meet with a counselor, faith leader, friend or other trusted person for emotional or spiritual needs.
10) Document everything and save receipts.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)
The California Wildfires have been declared as Major Disaster by FEMA on November 12, 2018.
FEMA Application Deadline for the Hill and Woolsey Fires is January 11, 2019.
When you apply for the FEMA Aid, please have the following information ready:
- Social Security number
- Address of the damaged home or apartment
- Description of the damage
- Information about insurance coverage
- Telephone number
- Mailing address
- Bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
Disaster assistance is not a substitute for an insurance payout. It can help you make essential repairs to your home to make it safe, sanitary, functional and accessible.
FEMA disaster assistance cannot make you whole but may help you begin the recovery process.
Remember: FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.
You could be eligible for rental assistance or home repairs if the home you live in for more than half of the year was damaged and is:
- Unsafe to stay in (master bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom damaged)
- Does not have power or water
- You cannot get to it safely
- You may also be eligible for other forms of assistance, fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance
Contact FEMA again if you have any updates or changes to your application for disaster assistance, including access to your primary home, utility service, and current location. Visit disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 to update your application.
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest, long term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to repair of replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property.
Application Filing Deadlines:
Physical Damage: January 11, 2019
Economic Injury: August 12, 2019
Types of Disaster Loans available:
Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery, and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc. are also eligible.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster.
Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.
Three Ways To Apply to SBA:
Apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative. For additional information or to find a location near you, visit their website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, or call SBA at (800) 659-2955
Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
Apply by mail: Send a completed paper application to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Below are some information materials from SBA:
WOOLSEY WILDFIRE – TRASH AND FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL
Source: LA County Public Health
Returning Home After A Fire
Precautions When Entering Areas Burned by Wildfires - LACoFD
There is a consolidated effort between the County of Los Angeles and the impacted cities to assist with the cleanup. To assist, Los Angeles County would like to offer the following information:
Ash, debris, and fire damage on homes that have been red and yellow tagged may contain hazardous materials that can threaten public health. The Los Angeles County Health Officer declared a Local Health Emergency on November 12, 2018, which prohibits the removal of fire debris until an inspection of the debris is conducted by federal, state or local hazardous materials agencies. The Local Health Emergency also prohibits the delivery of debris bins in the affected areas without the approval from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The County of Los Angeles has requested state and federal assistance to expedite recovery activities and ensure the safe removal of hazardous waste and fire debris from red and yellow tagged homes damaged by the wildfires.
Fire Debris Includes:
- Burnt structural components
- Burnt household and personal items
- Foundation and contaminated soil
WOOLSEY FIRE CONSOLIDATED DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM
The County of Los Angeles (County) has partnered with State and federal assistance to expedite recovery activities and ensure the safe removal of hazardous waste and fire debris from structures and properties damaged by the wildfires. There are two phases to this State program:
Phase I – Hazardous Material Inspection and Removal
On Monday, December 3, the LA County Fire Department alongside teams from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) began assessing and removing household hazardous waste from properties burned by the Woolsey Fire.
Additional information can be found at lacounty.gov/LACountyRecovers
Phase II – Fire Debris Removal Operations (Government-Sponsored Program)
Upon completion of Phase I, there are two options for fire debris removal from your property:
Option 1: Residents who opt-in for Government-Sponsored Program (Recommended)
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), in coordination with Los Angeles County Public Works, will provide Woolsey Fire debris removal at no cost to property owners.
The removal of non-hazardous fire debris is at no direct cost, but property owners must opt-in to the program by submitting a completed Right of Entry (ROE) form. The form provides consent for debris removal teams to access a property. The deadline to submit the ROE application is December 31, 2018
Property owners are encouraged to contact their homeowner’s insurance companies, as any insurance proceeds will be dedicated to off-set costs.
Submittals can be made in person at one of the Woolsey Fire Disaster Recovery Centers:
1) Conrad L. Hilton Foundation Building, located at 30440 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, or
2) Malibu Courthouse, located at 23525 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265 or
3) Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submittal is December 31, 2018.
Other Program Information Documents:
Eligibility Guidelines - Consolidated Debris Removal
Advisory Notice - Ash and Burn Debris Cleanup and Removal
General Information and Frequency Asked Questions
Option 2: Residents who opt-out of the Fire Debris Removal Program
Property owners are strongly encouraged to participate in the government-sponsored debris removal program as it will be a safer, streamlined process with no fee administered. However, residents may choose to remove non-hazardous debris from their properties in the following ways:
• Self-clearance and self-hauling directly to a permitted landfill or other permitted solid waste facility.
• Self-clearance and use of roll-off bins or dumpsters by authorized waste haulers to remove debris for disposal.
• Hiring a contractor for clearance and hauling. Residents are advised to select a contractor based on their individual needs.
Property Owners will be required to submit a Local Debris Fire Removal Program Application, which includes submittal of a work plan for review and approval.
Eligibility Guidelines - Consolidated Debris Removal
Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application
Fire Debris and Ash Removal Application for Partially Damaged Structures
Property Clean-Up Completion Certification
Applications must be submitted January 30, 2019, with removal of fire debris by March 15, 2019
Note: Application requires final approval from the County of Los Angeles Public Works Director or designee
For questions on fire debris removal programs, contact 626-979-5370. For additional fire-related resources, visit lacounty.gov/LACountyRecovers.
Take Precautions. Be Safe. Protect Your Health. LA County Public Health
Ash Clean-up in Areas Without Fire Damage
Ash, soot, dust, and other airborne particles may have been deposited inside and outside of homes and businesses. While ash from wildfires is relatively non-toxic, like ash that may be found in a home fireplace, it may be irritating to the skin, nose and throat. Exposure to ash in air may trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have asthma. Ash, dust and debris (particularly from burned buildings) may contain toxic and cancer-causing chemicals, including asbestos, arsenic, and lead.
Do not let children play in or with items covered by the ash.
During clean-up, wear household dishwashing gloves, long-sleeved shirt and long pants to avoid skin contact. If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off with warm water and soap as soon as possible.
A disposable mask with a rating of N-95 or better, which can be purchased from a home/hardware store, can be worn during clean- up to avoid breathing in ash and other airborne particles. They
do not protect from gases. N-95 masks must be properly fitted, with no gaps around the edges, for protection. An improperly fitted mask is the same as wearing no mask at all. Follow label
instructions on package for proper use. N-95 masks may make it harder to breath, especially for those with lung or heart disease.
Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air. Gentle sweeping of indoor and outdoor surfaces, followed by wet mopping, is the best way to clean an area with ash. A solution of bleach and water may be used to disinfect an area, if desired. Read label on container for proper use.
Shop vacuums and regular household vacuum cleaners are not recommended to clean up ash. These vacuums do not filter out small particles, but instead blow such particles into the air where they can be breathed. However, HEPA-filter vacuums can filter out small particles and can be used.
Collected ash may be disposed of in the regular trash by placing it in a plastic trash bag first to prevent the ash from becoming airborne and blowing away as the trash can is later emptied.
Shower regularly throughout the day when cleaning in and out of areas with ash.
REAL-TIME INFORMATION ON WOOLSEY FIRE HAZARDOUS WASTE REMOVAL AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Los Angeles County Fire Department, together with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is in the process of assessing and removing household hazardous waste from properties burned by the Woolsey Fire.
Real-time information on the progress of household hazardous waste removal is available online at the DTSC’s household hazardous waste cleanup dashboard.
The link is also available via lacounty.gov/lacountyrecovers.
The DTSC dashboard is a mapping tool that keeps the public updated in real-time with data inputted by the crews on the ground.
Household hazardous waste removal tasks include a door-to-door assessment, survey and collection of household hazardous waste at approximately 1,500 properties in L.A. County. It also involves the safe removal, transport and disposal of hazardous waste materials. Yellow clearance placards will be posted on each property that has been cleared of hazardous waste.
Once a property has been cleared, then the DTSC dashboard is updated.
Hazardous waste removal work is authorized by federal and state disaster declarations and a subsequent executive order given by the Governor of California. This work does not require property owner consent and owners cannot opt out of hazardous materials assessment and removal activities.
The cleanup does not need to be scheduled but the teams require the help of property owners for unlocking and opening gates to accommodate the inspections and hazardous waste removals. All hazardous waste removal teams are accompanied by uniformed L.A. County Fire personnel.
Property owners impacted by the Woolsey Fire who have questions about the hazardous waste removal process also can contact the Los Angeles County Fire Department at
(323) 890-4000, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Please check back periodically as information will be updated as it is received.