Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Diego County, Dec. 7. His proclamation directs the Office of Emergency Services and all agencies of state government, including the National Guard, to provide state assistance such as personnel, equipment and facilities that may be required to combat the Lilac Fire.
The action also prompted President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide direct federal assistance to supplement state and local efforts. That request was immediately approved, freeing up federal aid and assistance to combat the fire and assist in its aftermath. For assistance from FEMA that can be used to help rebuild, repair or replace housing and personal property, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.disasterassistance.gov/es for help in Spanish.
The Red Guide to Recovery is a comprehensive step by step guide to navigate resources and helpful information to recover from property loss or damage. Visit www.TheRedGuidetoRecovery.com.
For information regarding the insurance claims process from the Insurance Information Institute, visit www.iii.org/article/how-to-file-a-homeowners-claim and www.iii.org/article/understanding-the-insurance-claims-payment-process.
The California Department of Insurance also provides more information about insurance coverage for wildfire victims at www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2017/release099-17.cfm.
As always, the first responders, CALFire, County Emergency Services, mutual aid from local fire departments, sheriff and police, including local military assistance from Camp Pendleton, have gone into action quickly and efficiently, risking injury and even death to protect people’s lives and their homes.
For updates during this emergency, visit www.sdcountyemergency.com. During the fire’s aftermath, visit www.sdcountyrecovery.com for additional information on fire recovery assistance. CalFire has asked everyone to call 211 for information regarding the Lilac Fire.
Contact my Escondido District Office at (760) 480-7570, for further assistance and help with navigating state agencies.
Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.