SafeAmeica Foundation encourages using text messaging rather than telephone calls during disasters to contact relatives and friends. Overuse of wireless phone calls can shutdown the system and make it difficult to contact emergency responders.
Disaster Recovery Documents
Community Assisting Recovery, a Southern California-based nonprofit organization, provides documents and information that can be downloaded at no cost to help disaster victims take care of issues such as taking a personal property inventory and filing an insurance claim.
FTB: How to Claim a State Tax Deduction Instructions for Californians on how to claim a casualty loss on their state tax returns from a federally declared disaster or a disaster declared by state legislation.
Disaster Resources From the Red Cross
The American Red Cross provides information on shelter locations, information on affected areas and disaster safety information. The Red Cross hotline is (866) 438-4636. You can register online for services from your local Red Cross Chapter.