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10/23/2017 12:14 PM

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SARA RUSSELL         415-625-7723              RUSSELL.SARA.L@DOL.GOV

  NAPA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE

  • Today at 10 a.m., the mandatory evacuation of Atlas Peak Road at 2777 will be lifted.
  • Related to the Nuns Fire, the mandatory evacuation of Dry Creek Road from Oakville Grade to the Sonoma County line, and all of Wall Road, is also lifted at 10 a.m. However, the road closure will remain in place at Mt. Veeder Road and Trinity Road. There is no access to Sonoma County or Mt. Veeder Road.
  • Be aware that traffic interruptions may exist due to fire and utility equipment working in the area. Some homes may not have utilities, including electric and gas. PG&E is working diligently to restore services. For electrical safety tips after a wildfire refer to PG&E at https://tinyurl.com/y7dny9tt

 

  • Address/Location
    • Napa County Sheriff’s Office
    • 1535 Airport Boulevard
    • Napa, CA 94558

 

  • Contact
    • Emergency: 9-1-1
    • Non-emergencies: 707-253-4501

 

SANTA ROSA DEBRIS REMOVAL, PASSES TO ENTER

INFO AT: https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/

FINANCIAL INFO AT: https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/agencies/financial-help/

 

  • Here is what has already started with Debris Removal in Sonoma County:
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be lead on debris removal in Sonoma County
    • The County of Sonoma has made Right of Entry forms (see below) available to property owners
    • Prioritization of debris removal will be based on restoring critical services and facilities
    • 5 Major Steps of Debris Removal after a Fire (Cal OES)
      • Household Hazardous Waste Removal
        • Clearing homes of remaining household hazardous waste, including propane tanks, compressed gas cylinders, and solvents
        • Who does it: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Toxic Substance Control
      • Asbestos Inspection and Removal
        • Testing properties for asbestos and removal of large obvious chunks of asbestos material
        • Who does it: Department of Toxic and Substance Control and US Environmental Protection and related contractor
      • Site Documentation
        • Documenting the state of the property before removal of debris, including details of property size, units in an apartment building, number of cars and similar information
        • Who does it: CalRecycle or US Army Corps of Engineers and related contractor
      • Ash and Debris Clean-up
        • Removal of all debris and ash, scraping lot clean. Homeowner will be contacted 24-48 hours before this step occurs
        • Who does it: CalRecycle or US Army Corps of Engineers and related contractor
      • Erosion Control
        • Erosion control measures to be determined property by property
        • Who does it: CalRecycle or US Army Corps of Engineers and related contractor
      • Right of Entry Forms
        • The right of entry form is not a form for residents to gain access to their property. It is a form to allow the state to have access for the future cleanup of your property.
        • Property owners need to sign a Right of Entry form to allow hazard assessment personnel access to their property. Right of Entry forms will be available on the Sonoma County Website and at the upcoming Community Meetings. Details on where to submit completed forms will be released shortly.
        • Download Right of Entry Form (PDF), https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/
        • Beginning November 1st, property owners who have signed a Right of Entry form and have authorized the Army Corps of Engineers and CalRecycle to be on their property will see the removal process underway. If you have signed the Right of Entry form, 100% of your out-of-pocket costs will be reimbursed by your insurance company and/or the Federal government. However, the Army Corps of Engineers will automatically remove the foundation of your property along with the rest of the debris. If you have parts of your property that you do NOT want them to take (such as statues), on the back of the Right of Entry form is a diagram you can fill out to specify exactly what to leave.
      • Debris Removal Process
        • We understand the desire for people to start rebuilding and to clean up the burn site. However, improper handling and disposal of hazardous ash and materials may impact you, your children and the general public, for the following reasons:
        • Ash and debris contain hazardous materials, which may include asbestos, heavy metals, by-products of plastic combustion and various other chemicals;
        • Ash that isn’t handled properly can impact people who are handling and transporting it. Ash that is transported can become airborne, which could impact the general public, including schools and other public areas;
        • Because of its hazardous nature, ash and debris cannot be taken to the landfill, and it is ILLEGAL to dispose of ash and debris along road sides or on public or private lands.
        • Sonoma County Environmental Health and the Public Works Department and the City of Santa Rosa are working cooperatively with CalOES and other Federal and State partners in a program to facilitate – with property owners – the safe removal and handling of burn debris and ash.
        • Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa will be obtaining financial resources from the State in order to assist homeowners with the costs.
        • No ash or debris can be removed prior to the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) performing a site inspection, due to the existing hazardous waste and public health hazards.
        • The State of California has a comprehensive cleanup plan and will be working with licensed contractors to safely remove ash and debris in a manner that protects public health and safety.
        • Unauthorized debris and ash removal by property owners may jeopardize their ability to obtain financial assistance from FEMA.
        • The County, the City of Santa Rosa, and CalOES are working together to schedule town hall meetings to provide information on this process later this week. As new information on Ash and Debris removal becomes available, it will be posted on this webpage.

 

  • Fountaingrove and Coffey Park residents who still need to pickup their *Entry Pass*: M-F; 8am-5pm, 69 Stony Cir https://gl/BGpm2v
  • Questions about Facilitated Re-entry? Unclear about Controlled Access Areas? Our Call Center is standing by for your questions: 707-543-4511
  • Continued Support Services: the Salvation Army is coordinating counseling and food services for Coffey Park and Fountaingrove
  • Oct 22: PG&E will be re-lighting pilot lights in all areas of Santa Rosa today. Call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 if you do not have gas.
  • Restrooms are available thru Oct 29. Fountaingrove: Rincon Ridge Park, Nagasawa Park, & FG Athletic Club, Coffey Park Area: at Coffey Park
  • Fountaingrove residents who re-enter habitable homes after mandatory evacuation & find they are without water may:
    • If you received door tag from SR Water Dept, follow directions on tag before calling Water Dept.
    • For others, call 543-3805 on weekends/543-4200 normal biz hrs.

 

SANTA ROSA POLICE DEPT

UPDATE ON ENTRY PASSES

  • Beginning Monday, October 23, entry passes to Coffey Park and Fountaingrove will be issued at the City offices at 69 Stony Circle. The field check in points at Kohls and Round Barn Blvd are now closed.
  • Residents may obtain an entry pass at the City Transportation and Public Works Department at 69 Stony Circle. Passes will be issued Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Residents must present a valid form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or state ID card, passport, utility bill and valid photo ID, or consular ID. School IDs will not be accepted as valid photo ID.
  • ONLY residents and owners may enter the controlled-access areas. Homeowners insurance representatives, construction contractors or other homeowner consultants wishing to enter the controlled access areas must do so accompanied by a home owner.
  • At this time, there is NO authorized construction or debris removal. Clean up and smoke damage mitigation of habitable homes and businesses will be allowed soon. More information is forthcoming.
  • CONTROLLED ENTRY WILL CONTINUE THROUGH OCTOBER 29
  • Residents of Journey’s End and Orchard Park have been allowed to return and the mobile home parks have been returned to their respective park owners.
  • We have restricted entry in the controlled access areas between 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Any entry to the controlled access areas shall require authorization from the City and may require an entry pass.
  • Residents who’s home is undamaged homes may obtain a Residency Pass allowing them to return home and exit/enter the controlled access areas anytime. Controlled access will be enforced by public safety.
  • https://goo.gl/BGpm2v

 

DEBRIS REMOVAL PRESS CONFERENCE MONDAY OCT 23, 2:30 pm

SANTA ROSA, CA – The State of California is launching the largest wildfire clean up in the Golden State’s history on Monday, October 23rd, following the unprecedented North Bay Fire Storm. The first phase of the cleanup will be household hazardous waste and debris including propane tanks, burned out vehicles, air conditioners and refrigerators.

 

  • The leading state and federal agencies are coming together to outline the debris cleanup process, timeline and what residents can expect in the months to come.

 

  • The press conference will begin at 2:30 pm Monday at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street, in Santa Rosa to discuss debris cleanup operations.

 

  • The clean-up will be under unified command with CalOES, FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This command structure will expedite the removal of fire debris in Sonoma County, with a deadline of completion anticipated to be early 2018. At Monday’s press conference, representatives from CalOES, FEMA, EPA, the Corps, and county and city officials will discuss the debris cleanup process, timeline and next steps for homeowners, and will answer questions and concerns related to the cleanup.

 

               Debris Cleanup Press Conference

Date: Monday, Oct. 23

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street, Santa Rosa

 

 

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Foreclosure protection offered to displaced families

 

  • HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of California and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to wildfires.
  • President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.

 

  • The President’s declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in these counties. HUD is:

 

  • Granting immediate foreclosure relief – HUD granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages. There are tens of thousands of FHA-insured California homeowners living in these impacted counties.
  • Offering forbearance and loan modification options – HUD offers different forbearance and loan modification options for FHA borrowers affected by disasters. Borrowers having trouble making regular payments should contact their loan servicer as soon as possible for more information.
  • Making mortgage insurance available – HUD’s Section 203(h) program provides FHA insurance to disaster victims who have lost their homes and are facing the daunting task of rebuilding or buying another home. Borrowers from participating FHA-approved lenders are eligible for 100 percent financing, including closing costs.
  • Making insurance available for both mortgages and home rehabilitation – HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program enables those who have lost their homes to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its repair through a single mortgage. It also allows homeowners who have damaged houses to finance the rehabilitation of their existing single-family home;
  • Sharing information with FEMA and the State on housing providers that may have available units in the impacted counties – this includes Public Housing Agencies and Multi-Family owners. The Department will also connect FEMA and the State to subject matter experts to provide information on HUD programs and providers.

 

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

  • WEBINAR OCT 24 – “Managing Your Financial Recovery After a Disaster.” 10 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
  • The link to view the OPM Live Stream is: https://youtu.be/Cp9CXt3vZLQ
  • The link to view the real-time captioning for the live stream is: https://recapd.com/w-6687a5
  • On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), Benefits Officers Training and Development (BOTD), will host a webcast. This webcast is entitled, “Managing Your Financial Recovery After a Disaster.”
    • Event Description: This broadcast will provide information on how to manage finances, including creditors and mortgages after a disaster.
    • Financial resources that may be available such as unemployment, SBA Disaster Recovery loans, and hardship withdrawals.
    • Provide human resource and Benefits Officers steps that employees can take to protect their financial health following a disaster
    • There will be experts from agencies such as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Small Business Administration, Housing and Urban Development, Thrift Savings Plan and Federal Trade Commission that will be available to provide information on how to navigate through household financial recovery as well as how to be aware of scams and fraudsters.
    • The slides will be sent out next week.
    • The link is live as of now. If you click on it and cannot see the countdown you are being blocked by your IT and will need to take steps for them to allow you to view it.  You will be able to watch the live stream on a PC or MAC computer with access to You Tube.  When you click on the link, it will open up into whatever your default browser is set to on your computer.  Firefox. Internet Explorer. Safari.
    • You can also watch the live stream on an iPhone, iPad, or Droid. The device should be WiFi or 4G capable.
    • If you have any problems connecting to the live stream, please contact your IT Help Desk. The OPM Producers, Presenters, and Director of the live stream CAN NOT assist you because of IT Security Protocols in-place by your agency.

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

SNAP Recipients Affected by Northern California Wild Fires Receive USDA Relief

                                 

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19, 2017 – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households impacted by the recent wildfires in Northern California will receive support from USDA to replace food lost in the disaster and purchase hot foods at SNAP-authorized retailers through November 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced.
  • “The Food and Nutrition Service stands with the citizens of Northern California during this time of devastation and loss,” said FNS Regional Administrator Jesus Mendoza, Jr. “We are continuously working with the California Department of Social Services to ensure those impacted receive the nutrition assistance needed.”
  • SNAP participants in Butte, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, and Yuba counties can purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits.
  • SNAP households in specific zip codes in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties will automatically receive a replacement of 60 percent of their October SNAP benefit.   These replacement benefits are intended to cover food purchased earlier in the month and then lost in the disaster.
  • Where automatic benefit replacement is not available, a household may contact the local SNAP office and file a written claim for food lost in the disaster.  USDA extended the ten day timeframe for submitting claims to November 8thfor Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.
  • Allowing SNAP-authorized stores to sell hot foods permits SNAP households who are unable to cook at home due to fire damage or lost power to purchase a hot meal, Mendoza added.   While California does run a restaurant program for the elderly, disabled, and homeless in some of its counties, SNAP guidelines typically do not permit most SNAP households to purchase hot foods at SNAP authorized grocers. Exceptions can be made during a natural disaster, Mendoza said, and these wildfires have affected the ability of many families to cook meals at home. USDA’s actions will provide alternative options for immediate food access.
  • USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, WIC, and SNAP, which together comprise America’s nutrition safety net. For more information, visit fns.usda.gov.

Source: https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2017/fns-000617

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its state and local partners in the ongoing joint response to multiple wildfires in Northern California. epa.gov/northern-california-wildfires

 

  • As of October 20, EPA’s response activities include the following:
    • EPA is preparing to expand operations in Napa and Sonoma Counties, including assessment, removal, and disposal of oil and hazardous materials. These efforts will reduce potential threats to public health and safety and allow other agencies to remove solid waste, debris, and ash in the affected areas.
    • EPA’s work is initiated under a FEMA-issued federal disaster declaration mission assignment for wildfire operations and recovery.
    • In coming weeks, EPA will develop staging areas for the Sonoma County and Napa County cleanups and will seek access agreements for property where EPA will be working. EPA’s response will include removal, consolidation, and disposal of hazardous materials from fire-affected areas.

 

  • EPA’s response activities also include:
    • Coordinating and implementing Emergency Support Function 10 (Oil and Hazardous Materials) operations as part of FEMA’s Initial Operating Facility (IOF). The IOF is operating out of the State Operations Center in Mather, California.
    • Assisting Sonoma County and California agencies in cleanup operations for a tire fire that had occurred near Highway 37/Lakeville Highway. Cleanup work includes removing contaminated soil and stabilizing the creek bed.
    • Coordinating the safe removal, transport and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous debris with California agencies, FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
    • Meeting with tribes that have expressed interest in cleanup efforts.
    • Working with California and tribal governments to track the status of more than 150 public drinking water systems, some of which have been damaged, destroyed or otherwise affected by the fires.

 

  • Currently, 23 EPA staff are involved in wildfire response activities, including those in the field and the regional emergency operations center.

 

 

US POST OFFICE

  • Santa Rosa victims who lost their homes can pick up their mail at Santa Rosa Carrier Annex 2985 McBride Street, Santa Rosa, 95403
  • Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Eldridge – pick up at Casa Grande Postal Annex, 1601 Corporate Cir, Petaluma, CA 94954
  • Geyserville- pick up at Healdsburg Post Office, 160 Foss Creek Cir, Healdsburg, CA 95448

 

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE EDUCATION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – FEDERAL STAFF ONLY

  • https://feea.org/our-programs/disaster-relief/
  • Natural disasters strike every year all across the United States. Often close to 100 natural disasters are declared each year in response to floods, hurricanes, winter storms, wildfires, droughts, and tornadoes.
  • FEEA offers disaster relief grants to eligible federal employees when these disasters strike. FEEA has given over 9,000 disaster relief grants totaling $4.5 million to federal employees since 1986.

 

10/20/2017 12:01 PM

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SPARE THE AIR IN FORCE THROUGH SUNDAY DUE TO FIRE SMOKE

 

US POST OFFICE

  • Santa Rosa victims who lost their homes can pick up their mail at Santa Rosa Carrier Annex 2985 McBride Street, Santa Rosa, 95403
  • Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Eldridge – pick up at Casa Grande Postal Annex, 1601 Corporate Cir, Petaluma, CA 94954
  • Geyserville- pick up at Healdsburg Post Office, 160 Foss Creek Cir, Healdsburg, CA 95448

 

SANTA ROSA POLICE DEPARTMENT – 10/20/17 – Advisory: City Prepares Residents for Return to Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods

 

  • The City of Santa Rosa is preparing to allow residents of the most fire damaged neighborhoods to return and visit their property. We are mindful of how difficult this will be for residents and have been readying information and materials, so the return is safe and orderly.

 

  • Three communities, Orchard Park, Journey’s End and Coffey Park will have controlled entry from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20. On Saturday, October 21, the mobile home parks will be released back to the property owners, but Coffey Park will remain a controlled entry area. On Sunday, October 22, Coffey Park will be open for public access. This controlled entry is designed to allow only residents into their neighborhood, so they have protected time to assess and grieve.

 

  • Re-Entry into These Neighborhoods Will be Organized Through Controlled Entry Points
  • There will be controlled points of entry to neighborhoods staffed by law enforcement who will v erify en try passes and addresses.
  • Locations for pass distribution will be:

○ Orchard Park – at the entry of Orchard Mobile Home Park

○ Journey’s End – at the entry of Journey’s End Mobile Home Park

○ Coffey Park – Kohl’s Parking Lot – which will be accessed from Airway Drive

  • To get an Entry Pass, residents must provide a form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or state ID card, passport, utility bill and valid photo ID, or consular ID. School IDs will not be accepted as valid photo ID.

○ If residents do not have an ID, the Local Assistance Center (LAC) can help obtain an ID. The LAC is located in the Press Democrat building – 427 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.

  • Passes for up to two vehicles per property will be issued. Vehicle license plates will be printed on the passes and MUST MATCH the vehicles entering the neighborhood. Residents can have as many families and friends accompany them as they wish, within the two cars per property limit.
  • A map that shows available re-entry points will be provided at pass distribution.

 

  • Future Re-Entry Plans – The City is working diligently to reopen the other areas in the burn zone, and hope to have more information in the next day or two on the re-entry for residents of Fountain Grove.

 

SONOMA COUNTY SHERRIFF OFFICE – October 19, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

  • The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is lifting evacuation orders in the following areas.  If you live in these areas, you can return home now.  There will be more law enforcement personnel in your neighborhood to keep you safe.  You do not need to check in with anyone, and you do not need a law enforcement escort.  You can access your property as you normally would.Eastern Sonoma Valley: Portions of the eastern Sonoma Valley are now open, as defined by the newly opened roads below:
  • Gehricke Road is open to the entrance to Ravenswood Winery
  • 7th Street East is open to the entrance of “The Ranch” (Closed at the Gate)
  • Castle Road is Open to the entrance to Bartholomew Park Winery (Closed at the Gate)
  • North Castle is closed
  • Old Winery Road is open to the entrance to Buena Vista Winery (Closed at the Gate)
  • To see if your address is evacuated, use the online, up-to-date evacuation map for Sonoma County available at https://tinyurl.com/centrallnuevacs.For additional information, call the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center at (707) 565-3856.For additional information, specific to the City of Santa Rosa, visit srcity.org.Some areas are without power.  If your home does not have electricity, PG&E anticipates restoring service to essentially all electric customers by late Monday.  If your home does not have gas service, please visit www.pge.com and click on “wildfire response” for a gas relight schedule or call 1-800-743-5000.Conditions are subject to change at a moment’s notice. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. If you see electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact PG&E immediately. Trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoking, should be considered hazardous. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 911. There will still be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. We encourage the public to remain prepared for wildfires by visiting www.readyforwildfire.org.

    All other mandatory evacuation areas are still closed.  We will send an alert to each area as it re-opens.

    M. Harris / B. Sackett

  • For full details, view this message on the web.

 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents of recently burned areas to use caution in cleaning up ash from recent wildfires. Ash from trees burned in wildfires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that may be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.  “As the clean-up process begins and people return to burned areas, it is important to be aware of potential health hazards, understand how to reduce risks, and know when to seek medical attention,” said Dr. Smith. If ash is inhaled, it can be irritating to the nose, throat, and lungs. Exposure to airborne ash may trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have the respiratory condition. To avoid possible health problems, the following steps are recommended for people in burned areas with ash:

  • Do not allow children to play in ash or be in an area where ash-covered materials are being disturbed. Wash ash off toys before children play with them. Clean ash off pets.
  • Wear a tight-fitting N95 or P100 respirator mask, gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when cleaning up ash. Avoid skin contact. If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off immediately. Some wet ash can cause chemical burns.
  • Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible, for example, by avoiding sweeping it up dry. Use water and a wet cloth or a mop to clean items and surfaces. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air.
  • Shop vacuums and other common vacuum cleaners do not filter out small particles. They blow such particles out the exhaust into the air where they can be inhaled. The use of shop vacuums and other non-HEPA filter vacuums is not recommended. HEPA filter vacuums could be used, if available.
  • “Residents should seek medical care if they experience health issues such as chest pain, chest tightness or shortness of breath. It is especially important to monitor children and young adults as they may be more susceptible to the health and emotional effects of fire recovery,” said Dr. Smith.

 

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE EDUCATION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – FEDERAL STAFF ONLY

  • https://feea.org/our-programs/disaster-relief/
  • Natural disasters strike every year all across the United States. Often close to 100 natural disasters are declared each year in response to floods, hurricanes, winter storms, wildfires, droughts, and tornadoes.
  • FEEA offers disaster relief grants to eligible federal employees when these disasters strike. FEEA has given over 9,000 disaster relief grants totaling $4.5 million to federal employees since 1986.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

  • SSA is staffing at the following Local Resources Centers
    • Santa Rosa (Sonoma 1) 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 = Hours are 9 am-7:00 pm. We are experiencing 300 visitors per day.
    • Napa – 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr., Napa, CA 94558 = Hours are 9 am to 7:00 pm. We are expecting 100 survivors a day.
    • LAC Lake – Clearlake Sr. Community Center 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, CA 95422 = Hours are 11:00 am -7:00 pm.  We are expecting 200 survivors a day.
    • LAC Mendocino – 1000 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482 = Hours are 09:00 am- 7:00 pm. We are expecting 200 survivors a day.
    • LAC Yuba – 915 8th St., Marysville, CA 95901 = Hours are 10:00 am-8:00 pm. We are expecting 200 survivors a day.
    • LAC Butte – 7500 Oro Bangor Hwy, Bangor, CA 95914 = Hours are 10:00 am-4:00 pm. We are expecting 100-200 survivors.

 

  • Local Resource Center SSA Services:
    • Social Security replacement cards, (Bring DMV ID/Driver’s License, Alien Cards)
    • Changes of Addresses
    • Medicare replacement cards
    • General Inquiries,
    • Replacement Cards: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/message.html

 

PASSPORT AGENCY

  • Passport Agency staff available to answer questions and take applications for fire victims at the Local Assistance Centers (LAC ) in Santa Rosa on Thursday, October 19, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Napa on Friday, October 20.
  • Anyone with immediate passport needs can come to our office at 450 Golden Gate without an appointment, between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday-Wednesday, and Friday, and 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on Thursday.

 

 

LAC Sonoma County

Press Democrat Bldg.,

427 Mendocino Ave.

Santa Rosa, CA 94501

 

LAC Napa County

2751 Napa Valley

Corporate Dr. Building A

Napa, CA 94559

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply/agencies/san-francisco.html

 

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

  • WEBINAR OCT 24 – “Managing Your Financial Recovery After a Disaster.” 10 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
  • The link to view the OPM Live Stream is: https://youtu.be/Cp9CXt3vZLQ
  • The link to view the real-time captioning for the live stream is: https://recapd.com/w-6687a5
  • On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), Benefits Officers Training and Development (BOTD), will host a webcast. This webcast is entitled, “Managing Your Financial Recovery After a Disaster.”
    • Event Description: This broadcast will provide information on how to manage finances, including creditors and mortgages after a disaster.
    • Financial resources that may be available such as unemployment, SBA Disaster Recovery loans, and hardship withdrawals.
    • Provide human resource and Benefits Officers steps that employees can take to protect their financial health following a disaster
    • There will be experts from agencies such as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Small Business Administration, Housing and Urban Development, Thrift Savings Plan and Federal Trade Commission that will be available to provide information on how to navigate through household financial recovery as well as how to be aware of scams and fraudsters.
    • The slides will be sent out next week.
    • The link is live as of now. If you click on it and cannot see the countdown you are being blocked by your IT and will need to take steps for them to allow you to view it.  You will be able to watch the live stream on a PC or MAC computer with access to You Tube.  When you click on the link, it will open up into whatever your default browser is set to on your computer.  Firefox. Internet Explorer. Safari.
    • You can also watch the live stream on an iPhone, iPad, or Droid. The device should be WiFi or 4G capable.
    • If you have any problems connecting to the live stream, please contact your IT Help Desk. The OPM Producers, Presenters, and Director of the live stream CAN NOT assist you because of IT Security Protocols in-place by your agency.

 

LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTERS

  • The LAC is normally staffed and supported by local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit and voluntary organizations. The LAC provides a single facility at which individuals, families, and businesses can access available disaster assistance programs and services.
  • LACs have proven to significantly contribute to a streamlined recovery process and have been field-tested in numerous disasters and emergency events. The following is a list of locations for new LACs. Services will vary by location. Local, county, state and federal representation will vary by location as well.

Butte County
Bangor Community Center
7500 Oro Bangor Highway, Bangor
Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Thursday, Oct. 19
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lake County
Clearlake Senior Community Center
3245 Bowers Ave., Clearlake
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Saturday, Oct. 21
Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mendocino County
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Thursday, Oct. 30
Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Napa County
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr., Bldg. A, Napa
Dates: Monday, Oct. 16 – Friday, Oct. 20      Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 21 – Sunday, Oct. 22    Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sonoma County
Press Democrat
427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 14 –  Sunday, Oct. 22
Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Yuba County
Government Center
915 8th Street, Marysville
Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 20
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 Disaster Recovery Center
Sonoma Valley Local Intake Center
17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Thursday, Nov. 16
Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Some of the services include:

Federal Agencies

  • FEMA
  • Passport Agency
  • Small Business Administration
  • Social Security Administration
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • United States Postal Service
  • Internal Revenue Service

 

State Agencies

  • Ca Department of Tax Fee Administration
  • Cal OES
  • State – Vital Records
  • Contractors State License Board
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Tax Fee Administration
  • Employment Development Department
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Office of Business & Economic Development
  • Social Services
  • Veterans Affairs

 

County of Sonoma

  • Child Support Services
  • Community Development Commission
  • County Clerk- Vital Records
  • Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector
  • Clerk-Recorder-Assessor
  • Environmental Health
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Health Services – Behavioral Health
  • Human Services
  • Permit Sonoma W&S/FIRE/BLDG
  • PRMD – Planning

 

City of Santa Rosa

  • Housing & Community Services
  • Planning & Economic Development
  • Santa Rosa Water/Utilities

 

Utilities

  • PG&E

 

Community Organizations

  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Action Partnership Sonoma County
  • HCA Housing Fund
  • Disability Services & Legal Center
  • Legal Aid
  • North Coast Builders Exchange
  • Red Cross – Safe and Well
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Tzu Chi Association

 

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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

 

  • WEBINAR OCT 24 – “Managing Your Financial Recovery After a Disaster.” 10 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

 

 

 

  • On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), Benefits Officers Training and Development (BOTD), will host a webcast. This webcast is entitled, “Managing Your Financial Recovery After a Disaster.”
    • Event Description: This broadcast will provide information on how to manage finances, including creditors and mortgages after a disaster.
    • Financial resources that may be available such as unemployment, SBA Disaster Recovery loans and hardship withdrawals.
    • Provide human resource and Benefits Officers steps that employees can take to protect their financial health following a disaster
    • There will be experts from agencies such as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Small Business Administration, Housing and Urban Development, Thrift Savings Plan and Federal Trade Commission that will be available to provide information on how to navigate through household financial recovery as well as how to be aware of scams and fraudsters.
    • The slides will be sent out next week.
    • The link is live as of now. If you click on it and cannot see the countdown you are being blocked by your IT and will need to take steps for them to allow you to view it.  You will be able to watch the live stream on a PC or MAC computer with access to You Tube.  When you click on the link it will open up into whatever your default browser is set to on your computer.  Firefox. Internet Explorer. Safari.
    • You can also watch the live stream on an iPhone, iPad, or Droid. The device should be WiFi or 4G capable.
    • If you have any problems connecting to the live stream, please contact your IT Help Desk. The OPM Producers, Presenters, and Director of the live stream CAN NOT assist you because of IT Security Protocols in-place by your agency.

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

  • Friday, the Trump Administration approved California’s request for direct aid to individuals and families in Napa and Sonoma counties who have suffered losses due to the fires. Survivors who primarily reside in Sonoma and Napa counties can now apply online for federal Individual Disaster Assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.  Sunday, Acting Secretary of HHS, Eric Hargan declared a public health emergency in the state of California due to the wildfires.

 

 

 

 

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, operates a 24-hour, 7 days a week, toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline providing access to counselors at the closest crisis center in their nationwide network at: 1-800-985-5990.   There, staff provide immediate, confidential (multilingual) counseling, referrals and other needed support services.

 

 

  • Many of the surrounding areas are facing air quality issues.  CDC has a fact sheet on the hazards of smoke from fire and precautions that should be taken.  Access the fact sheet here, https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/

 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

  • SSA is staffing at the following Local Resources Centers
    • Santa Rosa (Sonoma 1) 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 = Hours are 9 am-7:00 pm. We are experiencing 300 visitors per day.
    • Napa – 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr., Napa, CA 94558 = Hours are 9 am to 7:00 pm. We are expecting 100 survivors a day.
    • LAC Lake – Clearlake Sr. Community Center 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, CA 95422 = Hours are 11:00 am -7:00 pm.  We are expecting 200 survivors a day.
    • LAC Mendocino – 1000 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482 = Hours are 09:00 am- 7:00 pm. We are expecting 200 survivors a day.
    • LAC Yuba – 915 8th St., Marysville, CA 95901 = Hours are 10:00 am-8:00 pm. We are expecting 200 survivors a day.
    • LAC Butte – 7500 Oro Bangor Hwy, Bangor, CA 95914 = Hours are 10:00 am-4:00 pm. We are expecting 100-200 survivors.

 

  • Local Resource Center SSA Services:
    • Social Security replacement cards, (Bring DMV ID/Driver’s License, Alien Cards)
    • Changes of Addresses
    • Medicare replacement cards
    • General Inquiries,
    • Replacement Cards: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/message.html

 

 

U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS)

  • Appointment Reschedules:
    • Applicants from the affected areas who fail to appear for a scheduled interview appointment will be automatically rescheduled.  This automatic rescheduling will continue at least through the end of October.  New appointment notices will go out by mail, and if those notices are returned, USCIS will attempt to contact each applicant by either a cellular phone or email.
    • If further assistance is needed to reschedule an appointment, applicants may contact USCIS by making an Infopass appointment at uscis.gov/appointment or by calling the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283.
  • Applicants who were displaced from their home are urged to change their address on USCIS records by calling the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283.
  • Replacing Documents:
    • Applicants for federal disaster assistance may need to prove citizenship or immigration status. Please visit our forms webpage to download the appropriate application to request a replacement document: uscis.gov/forms.
    • Applicants who are unable to pay the fee for a USCIS service or benefit may request that the fee is waived (certain form types) by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.
    • Applicants who need USCIS to consider their request for a service or benefit more quickly may request expedited processing when filing or anytime after that. For more information on expedited processing, please visit uscis.gov/forms/expedite-criteria.
  • The USCIS Special Situations webpage contains additional information on relief measures available to immigrants affected by the California wildfires:  uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations.
  • USCIS also reminds victims of the wildfires to be mindful of immigration scams. Learn more at uscis.gov/avoidscams.

 

PASSPORT AGENCY

  • Passport Agency staff available to answer questions and take applications for fire victims at the Local Assistance Centers (LAC ) in Santa Rosa on Thursday, October 19, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Napa on Friday, October 20.
  • Anyone with immediate passport needs can come to our office at 450 Golden Gate without an appointment, between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday-Wednesday, and Friday, and 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on Thursday.

 

 

LAC Sonoma County

Press Democrat Bldg.,

427 Mendocino Ave.

Santa Rosa, CA 94501

 

LAC Napa County

2751 Napa Valley

Corporate Dr. Building A

Napa, CA 94559

 

 

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT STATEMENT – 10/13/17

 

 

 

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE EDUCATION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – FEDERAL STAFF ONLY

  • https://feea.org/our-programs/disaster-relief/
  • Natural disasters strike every year all across the United States. Often close to 100 natural disasters are declared each year in response to floods, hurricanes, winter storms, wildfires, droughts, and tornadoes.
  • FEEA offers disaster relief grants to eligible federal employees when these disasters strike. FEEA has given over 9,000 disaster relief grants totaling $4.5 million to federal employees since 1986.

 

COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS – Center for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/index.htm

  • The links below are provided for those users who want direct access to individual state and territory information. To use this valuable tool, you must first determine the state or area where the birth, death, marriage, or divorce occurred, then click on that state or area. Please follow the provided Application Guidelinesto ensure an accurate response to your request.
  • The federal government does not distribute certificates, files, or indexes with identifying information for vital records.

 

FEMA

 

 

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Disaster Loan Information

 

IRS

  • IRS Disaster Relief Page, https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations
  • IRS, Tax Relief for Victims of Wildfires in California, https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-wildfires-in-california
  • The IRS granted relief to individuals and businesses in nine counties: Orange, Solano, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba. This relief applies to various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on October 8, 2017. This includes:
    • Individual filers whose tax-filing extension runs out on October 16, 2017. Because tax payments related to these 2016 returns were originally due on April 18, 2017, any payments associated with these filings are not eligible for this relief.
    • Quarterly estimated tax payments due January 16, 2018.
    • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns due on October 31, 2017.
    • Calendar-year tax-exempt organizations whose 2016 extensions run out on November 15, 2017.
    • Yee also noted that disaster victims might receive free copies of state returns to replace lost or damaged ones. Taxpayers may complete Form FTB 3516, Request for Copy of Tax Return and print the name of the disaster in red ink (for example, Tubbs Fire) at the top of the request.

 

 

CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

http://wildfirerecovery.org/federal-individual-assistance/

  • Insurance: If you have insurance, you do not have an insurance claim before applying for FEMA assistance. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to start your insurance claim process. When you receive your insurance settlement, please call FEMA at 800-621-3362 to discuss your assistance options.

 

  • Inspections: If an inspection is required, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an appointment to assess your property damage. If you cannot be present, another household member over the age of eighteen may meet with the inspector. Inspectors will have FEMA photo identification and are trained to identify damage caused by disasters. Inspectors will not physically access certain areas of your home, such as crawlspaces, attics, and roofs. Inspectors do not decide if you receive FEMA assistance.

 

  • Duplication of Benefits: It is important to provide accurate insurance information to avoid a duplication of FEMA assistance. By law, FEMA cannot assist with losses addressed by insurance coverage or other sources. If you receive FEMA assistance and have insurance that covers the same loss, you will be required to return the FEMA Assistance.

 

  • Financial Assistance Limit:  Financial assistance is limited to an annually adjusted amount based on the Consumer Price Index. The financial assistance limit may be reached with a combination of Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grant awards.

 

  • Flood insurance and Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA): If your home is located in a SFHA, you are required to purchase and maintain flood insurance on your property as a condition of receiving FEMA disaster assistance. Failure to obtain and maintain flood insurance may affect your eligibility for future FEMA assistance.

 

  • Duration of Assistance: Assistance is provided for up to eighteen months from the disaster declaration, but may be extended if approved by the State, Tribe, or Territory, and FEMA.

 

 

CA DMV

  • The California Department of Motor Vehicles is offering limited services to residents affected by the wildfires raging across the state. Fire victims who need to replace lost or damaged DMV-related documents can do so free of charge at assistance centers in the impacted areas. The DMV is one of several state and federal agencies working together to provide services to fire victims.
  • https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/lac

 

 

CA TAXES FILING EXTENDED FOR FIRE VICTIMS

 

  • The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced special tax relief for California taxpayers impacted by wildfires. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2016 California tax returns and make payments until January 31, 2018.

 

 

 

 

  • Disaster-loss rules apply to victims in Governor-declared or presidentially declared disaster areas. Taxpayers may claim a disaster loss in one of two ways: They may either claim the disaster loss in the tax year that the disaster occurred when they file their 2017 tax return next spring. Or, taxpayers may claim the loss in the tax year before the disaster occurred by filing either an amended or original 2016 tax return. The advantage of claiming the disaster loss in the prior tax year is that the FTB can more quickly issue a refund.

 

  • Taxpayers claiming the disaster loss should write the name of the disaster in red ink at the top of the tax return to alert FTB to expedite the refund. If taxpayers are e-filing, they should follow the software instructions to enter disaster information.

The scenes of devastation wrought by the wildfires challenge our comprehension, and the loss of life gives us all pause. Although the fires have turned neighborhoods to ash, the hope exists that cherished family heirlooms somehow survived the flames. If any have survived, these precious items are often covered with soot and ash, requiring prompt and gentle attention to avoid further damage. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force offers basic guidelines from professional conservators for those who search for, and find, family treasures amid the ruins:

 

HERITAGE NATIONAL EMERGENCY NATIONAL TASK FORCE

  • “After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures”

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1452020463438-03d4365a46c620bdd1ad1e854379c237/Fire_FIMA_Fact_Sheet_2015_508.pdf

 

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