Vallejo, California - After serving more than 283 homeowners, renters and business owners who had damages from the South Napa Earthquake, the Disaster Recovery Center at 1155 Capitol St. in Vallejo will end operations at 6 p.m. on Tue., November 25. But help is still available in person, online and over the phone.
To apply for disaster assistance, register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. People who use 711-Relay or VRS may call 800-621-3362.
Phone lines remain open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (PT) seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available to answer questions about disaster assistance and assist applicants who want to check on the status of their applications. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages.
Officials with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and FEMA urge anyone who still needs help to register now, well before the deadline-December 29, 2014.
For face-to-face assistance, applicants may choose to visit the Napa Earthquake Local Assistance Center at 301 First Street in Napa to meet with specialists from FEMA, Cal OES and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Napa center remains open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays until further notice. The center will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving.
Disaster assistance includes grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.
Low-interest disaster loans are also available from the SBA for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations that had damage or losses from the South Napa Earthquake. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
For those with unmet disaster-related needs, the United Way operates 2-1-1 that covers Napa and Solano Counties. Available 24/7 in 150 languages, the Bay Area 211 helpline connects callers with hundreds of programs to help people find food, housing, healthcare, senior services, childcare, legal aid and more.