CalOES and FEMA Serves the Whole Community: Assistance for Survivors with Disabilities in Calaveras and Lake Counties.

Published on 10/22/15

CalOES and FEMA Serves the Whole Community: Assistance for Survivors with Disabilities Sacramento, CA - The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are continuing to encourage Lake and Calaveras county residents with disabilities, or any survivor with additional needs, who were affected by the recent wildfires, to utilize the many available accessible resources to register for assistance. People with disabilities are eligible to receive the same services and assistance that are offered to everyone in the declared disaster area, and both CalOES and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. A direct telephone hotline is operational to process any requests from survivors who may need additional assistance. 916-381-0330 TTY CALL 711 In addition, to serve the whole community, certain accommodations are available at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, the DRCs are equipped with captioned phones and iPads that can access video remote sign language interpreters. On-site interpreters are also available upon request. For those survivors who are blind or have low vision, documents are available in large print and Braille. DRCs have accessible parking, ramps, and restrooms. If a survivor cannot transport themselves to the DRC, FEMA will arrange a home visit. (more) CalOES and FEMA Serves the Whole Community Page 2 The first step for any survivor is to register with FEMA. While one-to-one registration assistance is available at a DRC, survivors may also register online or over the phone. Online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov The number to register for assistance is 1-800-621-3362 TTY 1-800-462-7585 If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362 Operators are multilingual and calls are answered seven days a week 24 hours a day. FEMA representatives can also register survivors at a location of their choosing if needed. The application deadline is November 23, 2015. For those survivors with a disability, and others with additional needs who require assistance, should not hesitate to contact FEMA and ask for help. FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who are referred to SBA for a disaster loan must apply to be eligible for additional FEMA assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.