The final deadline for Woolsey Fire victims to register with the Federal Emergency Management Administration has been extended to Jan. 31, and officials are urging all those who suffered losses from the Nov. 9 fire to register.
As of Friday, Jan. 4, about 3,300 individuals have visited the Malibu FEMA site and about 2,200 have signed up, according to rough estimates provided by the city. On Saturday, Jan. 5, Malibu held a recovery meeting to help inform residents of resources and upcoming deadlines.
The FEMA program includes housing assistance and other needs assistance, which could include personal property, transportation, and moving and storage assistance. Those interested in applying may do so at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800.621.3362.
Jan 31, 2019, is also the deadline for those applying for Small Business Administration loans. These loans are available not only to businesses of all sizes, but many nonprofits; homeowners and renters may be eligible for loans through the SBA. The program application is also available at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800.621.3362.
Woolsey Fire relief deadlines:
Jan. 28: CalRecycle debris removal enrollment — State-sponsored debris removal, coordinated with Los Angeles County officials.
Jan. 30: CalRecycle debris removal opt-out — For those who elect to have private contractors clear their properties, or who are ineligible for CalRecycle.
Jan. 31: FEMA assistance application
Jan. 31: U.S. Small Business Administration loan application — Federal assistance with broad eligibility, including for those whose business operations were affected by the fire, not only those physically damaged.
March 15: Debris removal completion deadline — All debris must be cleared by this date.
Editor’s note: Information on the deadline extension surfaced after The Malibu Times’ print deadline. This online story contains the latest information available from the federal government.