MoFo Releases Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires

The lives of thousands of people in Northern California have been upended by the wildfires that have damaged and destroyed homes, businesses, documents and lives. As those affected by the fire begin to chart a way forward, they, and the agencies that help them, desperately need information on a wide variety of topics that touch on the law.

Responding to this need, Morrison & Foerster has produced the 2017 Northern California Wildfires Helping Handbook. The Handbook gathers in one place up-to-date, practical information on subjects that include emergency housing; government benefits; insurance; FEMA assistance; replacement of lost documents; fraud prevention and many others.

The Helping Handbook is now available online, with a Spanish version to be released soon. We encourage the widest possible distribution of this resource. Organizations may request print copies in bulk by sending a request to

The Helping Handbook project was led by Robert Falk, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, along with pro bono counsel Dorothy Fernandez and Rachel Williams. Dozens of MoFo lawyers and staff have contributed hundreds of hours to make this resource available to victims of the disaster as quickly as possible. Morrison & Foerster and its foundation have also donated to the relief efforts.

This is the ninth helping handbook produced by Morrison & Foerster in the aftermath of disasters, a pro bono tradition of the firm that began with handbooks issued after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The complete handbook can be found here.