Drag PG&E into the light

By Ann G. Daniels Deadline: December 13 and keep the pressure on - Dear readers, as we go into yet another damn PG&E power shutoff we hope that wherever you normally read our blog posts has power and that you are safe and warm and illuminated. And speaking of illuminated - it’s about time we shed … Continue reading Drag PG&E into the light

The fire this time

By Ann G. Daniels and Andrea Lum Once again, our hearts go out to our friends in the north affected by the Kincade and Burris fires, including our colleagues in Indivisible Healdsburg and Indivisible Petaluma. At the same time, we’re outraged, looking at yet another year of environmental and personal devastation. We’re demanding justice, along with … Continue reading The fire this time

The Shutdown: a Tale of Two National Park Communities

Yosemite. Arches. You may associate National Parks with fabulous photos, fun and leisure. But these and other federal lands are the major source of employment and income in some communities; and the federal shutdown has been a crisis with much farther reach than people realize and has wrecked much more than winter vacation plans. Tell your … Continue reading The Shutdown: a Tale of Two National Park Communities

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

EQIP Catastrophic Fire Recovery Deadlines: November 6, 2017 (NRCS is waiving the standard 30-day application ranking period) Description: Financial assistance payments to assist producers in covering the cost of certain rehabilitation practices, such as creating check dams in drainages, using damaged trees to slow runoff, repairing culvert systems, and planting tree seedlings. Who is it … Continue reading Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Temporary Housing Assistance

FEMA offers Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) to applicants who are unable to return to their pre-disaster, primary residence because their home is either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to the wildfires. TSA is intended to reduce the number of disaster survivors in shelters by transitioning survivors into short-term accommodations. Eligible individuals have registered for federal disaster … Continue reading Temporary Housing Assistance

Rebuilding

Contractors State License Board CSLB provides guidance on verifying a contractor's license, investigates complaints, and also provides information about hiring a licensed contractor. Disaster Hotline: (800) 962-1125 - http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Media_Room/Disaster_Help_Center/ Governor Brown issued an executive order to cut red tape and help streamline recovery efforts in communities impacted by wildfires: https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=20035 CalRecycle is working with the Office … Continue reading Rebuilding

List of Phone Numbers

FEMA Disaster Assistance: 800-621-3362 —(TTY) 800-462-7585—711 or Video Relay Service 800-621-3362 SAMHSA Helpline (trained crisis counselor): 800-985-5990 California’s CalFresh (also known as SNAP/Food Stamps/EBT):  to replace EBT card, call 877-328-9677 or contact your local county social services worker. Health Care Help Center (DMHC): 888-466-2219—877-688-9891 TDD Free Legal Assistance Hotline: 415-575-3120 Advice for Renters: CA Department of … Continue reading List of Phone Numbers

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Deadlines: November 16, 2017 (and all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed.) Description: DUA applies to losses beginning the week of October 15, 2017, and benefits are up to $450 a week for up to 26 weeks. Eligibility: Workers and self-employed individuals who lost their … Continue reading Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Replacement ID and Vital Documents

For DMV-related documents Description: Fire victims who need to replace lost or damaged DMV-related documents (e.g. substitute license plates and stickers, vehicle disposal paperwork, and driver record printouts) can do so free of charge at assistance centers in the impacted areas. Eligibility: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba Counties How to … Continue reading Replacement ID and Vital Documents