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California Wildfire Resources

For those affected by the ongoing California wildfires and the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) or those who would like to help, here are some resources. Additionally, the law library is open to the public for our regular hours.

For victims and evacuees:

Power Outage and Fire Recovery Resources:
Wildfire Incidents
Power Outages
Shelters/Housing
Transportation Impacts
Health Services
State and Local Resources
How to make a donation

Public Safety Power Shutoff Event (PG&E)

SF72 (run by the Department of Emergency Management)

Public Safety Power Shutoff Preparedness Information (available in multiple languages)

Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Communities

Disaster Relief Handbooks (MoFo 2018)

Preparation for Emergencies – LA Law Library (as of 11/19/18)

California Disaster Legal Services: Free legal help for survivors of California disasters, and resources for volunteers, provided by trusted California nonprofit legal aid providers

Legal Help After a Disaster (State Bar of California)

NorCal Wildfires Free Legal Advice Hotline (SF Bar Association): 415-575-3120

Consumer Protections and Resources for Wildfire Victims (CPUC)

CAL FIRE Incident Map

Kincade Fire Updates (including evacuation maps)

Ready for Wildfire

@CAL_FIRE


Donations (information from NY Times):

Northern California Grantmakers – Kincade Fire and Other California Fires: How to Help

Southern California Grantmakers – 2019 Tick Fire: How to Help

American Red Cross

California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund

California Fire Foundation

Caring Choices

Enloe Medical Center

Entertainment Industry Foundation

Humane Society of Ventura County

North Valley Community Foundation

Salvation Army

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

United Way of Northern California

Crowdfunding Efforts:
GoFundMe: page catalogs relief efforts in Northern and Southern California There are multiple crowdfunding efforts for victims of the California fires.
Google: collection donations which will then go to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, which will distribute the money to local nonprofits.
Airbnb: has a program that asks people to open their homes to those affected by the fires. Until Nov. 29, the company is allowing residents to mark their homes as a place for evacuees and aid workers to stay for free.


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Free Wildfires Helping Handbook – Updated

Here are resources for those affected by the current California fires. We will update this list as new information becomes available:

MoFo Fires HandbookIn 2017 Morrison & Foerster created the free 2017 Northern California Wildfires Helping Handbook.  The Handbook provides general and practical information for people, small businesses, and other organizations affected by the fires, and covers many issues including FEMA, consumer fraud, housing, employment, SBA loan assistance, and insurance.  There is also a chapter on Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Aid if you find you need further information or assistance.

This handbook is current through October 20, 2017, and a Spanish version is here. Check back in at www.mofo.com/norcal-fires for updates. You can download a copy of the handbook: 2017 northern-ca-fires-helping-handbook. There is also the 2017-2018 Southern California Helping Handbook, also in Spanish.

The firm is part of the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative, which provides free legal information to California fire survivors.  Information on other free or low-cost legal aid and resources can be found here:

For general information about the fires:


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New LibGuide: Free or Low-Cost Legal Services

Do you have a legal issue, but cannot afford to hire an attorney?  There are many ways to obtain free or low-cost legal help, and our new guide, Free or Low-Cost Legal Services, conveniently gathers together many local legal service providers in one place.  Some, but not all, of the services listed in this guide are reserved for people of low-income.

The local resources in this guide are organized in two ways: by topic (landlord/tenant, immigration, etc.) and by organizations that assist specialized populations (e.g. Hispanic, disabled, elderly). Click on a topic or population to view a list of organizations that provide services for that topic or population. There is also a full list of the legal service organizations which you can search.

We will update the guide whenever we find new organizations, so be sure to check back in.


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Free Wildfires Helping Handbook

MoFo Fires Handbook

For those affected by the Northern California fires, or those who want to help, the law firm Morrison & Foerster has created the free 2017 Northern California Wildfires Helping Handbook.  The Handbook provides general and practical information for people, small businesses, and other organizations affected by the fires, and covers many issues including FEMA, consumer fraud, housing, employment, SBA loan assistance, and insurance.  There is also a chapter on Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Aid if you find you need further information or assistance.

This handbook is current through October 20, 2017, and a Spanish version is forthcoming.  Check back in at www.mofo.com/norcal-fires for updates.  You can also download a copy of the handbook: 2017 northern-ca-fires-helping-handbook.

The firm is part of the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative, which provides free legal information to California fire survivors.  Information on other free or low-cost legal aid and resources can be found here: