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Six counties receive Federal help with wildfire debris removal

September 11, 2020

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Lake, Monterey, Napa, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties have been designated to receive federal assistance for debris removal under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. 

On August 22, 2020, President Donald J. Trump granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recovering from wildfires that occurred August 14, 2020 and continuing. That disaster declaration was amended today to add the six counties for assistance with debris removal. 

Those six counties plus San Mateo and Yolo counties were previously designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program and for Public Assistance with emergency protective measures. 

Eligible applicants for Public Assistance funds include state, county and local governments, federally recognized tribal governments and some private non-profits such as educational and medical facilities. FEMA provides 75 percent of the cost of eligible projects. 

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD). 

FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. 

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. Applicants may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA at SBA.gov/disaster.