In response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Lawline recently made two federal disaster relief programs free and accessible to the public.
Then, on October 10, 2017, President Trump approved a major disaster declaration in California due to the wildfires that have been ravaging homes and communities throughout the state. This declaration means that federal assistance is now available to the state of California and its local jurisdictions, to aid and assist in recovery efforts.
Navigating available means of public assistance can be complex, especially under trying circumstances. These courses are beneficial to all disaster relief victims and should be viewed as an additional resource for anyone - attorney or not - who is dealing with fallout from the wildfires.
The courses, available for free through the end of 2017, can be viewed here:
In addition, Lawline has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to wildfire victims, or those looking for ways to help:
- ABA Offers Legal Assistance for Wildfire Victims in Northern California
- California Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- California Office of Emergency Services: October 2017 California Wildfire Recovery Resources
- Federal Aid Programs for the State of California
- FEMA - Individual Disaster Assistance
- San Francisco Chronicle: How You Can Help North Bay Wildfire Victims
- Tax Relief for Victims of Wildfires in California
- The Sacramento Bee: A List of Resources and How You Can Help
- Union Funds for Victims of Wildfires
Lawline wishes everyone a safe and speedy recovery.