California 2020 Wildfire Relief Resources

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery FAQ

Information in this guide was gathered from “Disasters and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness and Recovery,” produced by the AICPA, American Red Cross and National Endowment for Financial Education and various IRS publications, including FAQs for Disaster Victims, wildfire and hurricane resources, and press releases.


Turbulent Times: Disaster Recovery and Resilience

Check out this free webcast recording to learn about navigating the aftermath of a disaster from both a business a personal financial perspective; assessing damages; obtaining cash/assistance; making a personal disaster plan; and critical resources to help both CPAs and their clients before, during and after a disaster.

On Aug. 22, a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was approved for seven Northern California counties, triggering the availability of federal relief and to support impacted residents in Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration helps people in those counties through eligibility for support including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment assistance and legal services.

People who have sustained losses in the designated areas can now begin applying for assistance by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

When registering, you will be asked for the following information:

  • Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien
  • Annual Household Income
  • Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
  • Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
  • Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

Note: You must provide an email address if you want to review your registration status online. If you do not provide an email address, you will be required to contact FEMA for any updates to your registration.

California Resources

Tax Relief Updates


U.S. Small Business AdministrationOffice of Disaster Assistance Resources

California Department of Tax and Fee AdministrationState of Emergency Tax Relief

FEMA: California Disaster Resource Page

AICPA Resources