Rep. Carbajal Releases Thomas Fire and CA Storm Recovery Guide

Highlights Federal recovery funding available to Impacted Central Coast Families

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Washington, January 16, 2018 | comments

Santa Barbara, CA – Today, Representative Salud Carbajal (CA-24) released a Thomas Fire and California Storm recovery guide to help those affected by the Thomas fire, the largest fire in California’s history, and subsequent Montecito mudslides find and apply for the federal resources for recovery made available to them under the Stafford Act to help them recover.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended the Major Disaster Declaration yesterday to include Individual Assistance for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Rep. Carbajal supported California Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES)’s request for appeal to the Administration.


“As the Central Coast recovers from the largest fire in California’s history and its deadly and devastating after effects, I am inspired by our community’s resilience. The Thomas fires and Montecito mudslides tragically killed at least twenty Montecito residents and one CAL Fire engineer, forced thousands of people to evacuate, and destroyed hundreds of homes,” said Rep. Carbajal. “As residents and business owners begin to recover, this guide will hopefully help individuals, families, and businesses navigate the federal resources available to our community as we recover from one of the worst natural disaster in recent memory. Should anyone have any issues when contacting a federal agency, they should not hesitate to contact my office. We are here to help.”

Residents can also apply online via, by phone 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 or download the app at for any of these programs.

The guide includes information about all the current resources available to victims, including FEMA assistance, Disaster Unemployment Insurance, housing assistance to individuals and households, Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance, Legal Assistance and Community Housing Loans. FEMA plans to open a local assistance center to work directly with impacted individuals.

The guide will be updated when and if more resources become available.



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