Northern California Fires - Recovery Resources & Information
Prepared by HomeBase's Emergency Response Team
In October of 2017, Northern California experienced devastating fires—a disaster that took dozens of lives, destroyed thousands of homes, displaced over 100,000 people, and burned over 200,000 acres. If you were affected by the fires or would simply like to help, below is information on how you can seek or provide help in fire recovery efforts.
I was affected by the fires in Northern California. What resources are available in my community?
If you are in need of shelter, you should contact one of the Local Assistance Centers (LACs) in Sonoma , Napa, and Santa Rosa Counties. In Sonoma, you can also use 2-1-1 for fire and disaster services relay.
Federal Disaster Assistance for people in declared Individual Assistance areas is available through the Federa Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The following counties are declared Individual Assistance areas: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, Yuba. Please visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to apply for individual assistance or call toll-free (800) 621‑3362. If you apply for assistance, you will need to provide FEMA with some of your information, available on this Disaster Survivor Information Checklist. If you are unable to obtain that information, you can call FEMA at the number listed above.
If you are in need of financial or other assistance, you can review the documents under "Quick Links" to see which resources may be available to you. One of the Local Assistance Centers listed above can also provide information, resources, and services based on your needs.
I'd like to help those affected by the Northern California fires. What can I do?
There are many ways you can help those affected by the fires. Community recovery efforts are ongoing, and individuals and communities are still in need of shelter, donations, and supplies.
- The City of Santa Rosa has encouraged people to donate to the United Way of Wine Country's Relief Fund or the North Bay Fire Relief Campaign, organized by the Redwood Credit Union.
- If you would like to contribute to Napa's relief efforts, you can donate to the Napa Valley Community Foundation.
- Sonoma County is connecting supplies and relief to individuals in need via this webpage.
- For donations to other communities, see this constantly-updated Google document with various donation opportunities.
- For volunteer opportunities in Sonoma County, sign up at https://sonomacounty.recovers.org/.
- For updated volunteer opportunities in Marin & Napa counties, you can sign up at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL).
- For additional volunteer opportunities, you can get constant updates on the Red Cross's website.
- Local Assistance Centers are available for individuals affected by the fires and in need of shelter. If you would like to provide temporary housing for those in need, you may list your property on Airbnb's website. See here for more information.
- SHARE Sonoma County links individuals to shared housing solutions that offer multiple funding options, including free, low cost, rent exchange, service exchange, partial rent and service exchange and shared community houses. Connection points and opportunities are available online. Home seekers must complete a form that is also available online. More information, including opportunities to share and apply for housing, is available at http://sharesonomacounty.org/.
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ext.332 with any additional questions or concerns. This page will be regularly updated. You can also visit County websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information. (415)788-7961
- 2017 Fire Relief Funding Sources
- California Wildfires Funding and Assistance for Individuals
- General Disaster Assistance Snapshot
- 2017 Disaster Planning Resources
- 2017 Other Disaster Resources