WOOLSEY FIRE RECOVERY INFORMATION
Important Deadlines for Woolsey Fire Recovery Resources:
- March 15 – County residents experiencing unemployment as a result of the fires can apply for unemployment with the California Employment Development Department.
- April 8 – Deadline to apply for FEMA grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations and local governments through its Public Assistance Program.
- The deadlines to apply for FEMA grants and Small Business Administration (SBA) home or business loans have passed. If you submitted an application by February 15th you can continue working with FEMA or SBA at Disasterassistance.gov.
You can also visit the County of Los Angeles' Woolsey Fire Recovery site at https://www.lacounty.gov/lacountyrecovers/ for information.
Follow us at @211LACounty for updates.
If you were impacted by the Hill or Woolsey fires and have ongoing recovery needs, you may be able to be assisted by a Disaster Case Manager. The LA County Long Term Disaster Recovery Group (LTDRG) is a coalition of community organizations and local government offices dedicated to supporting the long term recovery needs of people impacted by disaster. To request disaster case management assistance from the members of this group, please fill out the form below and you will be contacted.
At this time we can't provide a timeline for their follow up contact with you, but they will reach out as quickly as capacity allows. In the meantime you can always call 2-1-1 (24/7) for referrals to resources that address your immediate needs. Please note that for data security purposes, 211 LA call operators will not have access to view your form submittal or status, as the information is sent directly to the disaster case management agencies.
Disaster Case Management Interest Form
FEMA and Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Applications
Los Angeles County residents impacted by the Woolsey Fire were eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster funds or SBA disaster loans to help their recovery. The applications closed February 15th. If eligible, assistance may include support for temporary housing, home-repair and damage to essential household items, disaster-related childcare, medical and essential vehicle expenses.
If you applied for FEMA disaster funds you can check the status of your appliction online at:
or by calling the FEMA Helpline at: 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).
This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 4 a.m.to 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time seven days a week.
The United Way of Greater LA Disaster Assistance Fund Application is now closed. Applicants will be contacted by Salvation Army, the organization handing follow-up on behalf of United Way.
If you need immediate assistance with shelter, food, or other needs, please dial 2-1-1 (24/7). To protect data security, 211 call operators do not have the ability to check on the status of an application.
El Fondo de Asistencia contra Incendios de United Way esta cerrado.
Si necesita asistencia inmediata con refugio, alimentos o otras necesidades, llame al 2-1-1 24 horas al dia, 7 dias a las semana para obtener información sobre recursos.
The Disaster Information Hotline for the County of Los Angeles has been activated for the fires. During disasters, people can dial 2-1-1 instead of 9-1-1 with non-emergency questions about disasters, such as evacuation areas and shelters. After disasters, people can call 2-1-1 for disaster recovery resources, including donation information, health and human services, crisis counseling, or referrals to other support and recovery services.
How to reach us:
- Inside LA County (24/7, 240 languages): dial 2-1-1 from any phone
- Outside LA County or not connecting via 2-1-1: dial (800) 339-6993
- Deaf or hard of hearing: dial (800) 660-4026 (or 7-1-1)
- Online: live chat at 211la.org/fire. Click to Chat
Experiencing disasters like the Woolsey Fire can create stress and anxiety for children and adults.
If you or your family need someone to talk to about what you're dealing with, you can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
These fact sheets on Mental Health and Stress after an Emergency by the LA County Departments of Public Health and Mental Health have additional information and tips for adults and children.
Mental Health and Stress After an Emergency - English
Salud Mental y Estrés Después de Una Emergencia
During and after disasters, the most valuable donation you can make is often donating money to official organizations such as the Red Cross and United Way (be wary of unofficial online donations), because it provides the most flexibility for purchasing items needed for disaster victims. Check before dropping off any donation goods to shelters or first responders, as they can become overwhelmed with donations they can't use.
- United Way of California and Ventura County - Southern California Disaster Relief Fund
- Red Cross: Text FIRE to 515151 for donation options or go to redcross.org
- LA County Animal Care Foundation lacountyanimals.org
- LA County Fire Department Foundation lacfdf.org
- Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Fouondation laepf.org
Everyone should know what to do in case a wildfire is near you, and be prepared with a plan. CalFIRE Wildfire Tips
If you are in or near a fire evacuation area, get your go bag ready ahead of time, and don't forget about pets!
What to bring with you when you evacuate (time permitting):
1. Your identification
2. Your medications/prescriptions
3. Any important documents you might have or need (birth certificates, marriage certificates, insurance policies etc)
4. Any emergency supplies you need, including food and water
5. A small bag with a change of clothes and toiletries
6. Pet supplies (and your pets!)