The lives of thousands of people in Southern California have been upended by the wildfires and related mudslides that have damaged and destroyed homes, businesses, documents, and lives. On January 15, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that residents of Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties are now able to register for individual assistance for losses stemming from the disasters. As those affected by the disasters 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 2017-2018 Southern California Wildfires, Mudslides, and Related Disasters Helping Handbook. The Handbook gathers in one place up-to-date, practical information on subjects that include housing, government benefits, insurance, FEMA assistance, replacement of lost documents, fraud prevention, and many others.
The Helping Handbook is now available online in English. A Spanish version is forthcoming. We encourage the widest possible distribution of this resource. Organizations may request print copies in bulk by sending a request to Firehandbook@mofo.com and requesting the Southern California handbook.