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Disaster Recovery Resources

Financial Counseling for Victims of Federally Declared Disasters in California


Texting Useful for Disaster Communication

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.

Roadmap to Recovery ™
United Policyholders (UP) United Policyholders (UP) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in the Bay Area that offers useful insurance claim guidance and disaster recovery support through a Roadmap to Recovery ™ program. UP offers sample forms, tools and tips that aid disaster victims and their advocates during the recovery process. Tools include an inventory app and spreadsheet, sample letters, a wide range of publications on documenting damage, navigating insurance settlements and resolving disputes. up’s services, tools and publications are free of charge. cal society of cpas member christine davis serves on the organization's board of directors.”

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Insurance Buying Guidance

United Policyholders (UP) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in the Bay Area that offers useful insurance buying guidance through a Roadmap to Preparedness program. Tips and tools for buying property, long term care, health, disability and life insurance can be found at www.uphelp.org.

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 Relief: Volunteer Before Disaster Strikes
Volunteer for CalCPA's disaster recovery program before disaster strikes by updating your personal profile.

Disaster Tax Tips: Roadmap of Changes to Tax Code
These disaster-related tax tips can help reduce burdens on disaster victims--and ensure that the CPAs advising them achieve the desired tax results.

Sifting Through the Rubble: Disaster Losses & Gains 
This guide details Sec. 1033, PLRs and Revenue Rulings issued by the IRS addressing some of the questions raised by the Oakland firestorm.

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.