2017-07-27 / Milestones

There are many ways to help fire victims

Following is a list of resources provided by MariposaCountyRecovers.org, a website set up by the County to aid residents in recovering from the effects of the Detwiler Fire.

Federal and State Agencies and Organizations

• Senator Dianne Feinstein (415) 393-0707

Help with issues with any federal agencies; for example, passports, Social Security checks lost or damaged, etc.

• Internal Revenue Service (800) 829-1040

For information on casualty, disaster and theft losses and other questions regarding federal income and payroll taxes

• Social Security Administration (SSA) (800) 772-1213

Information on applying for Social Security benefits, survivor benefits, expediting delivery of check due to disaster and replacement of lost social security cards.

• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (800) 827-1000

Information about VA death benefits, pension, insurance settlements, or other information related to VA.

• California Board of Equalization (BOE) (800) 400-7115

Questions regarding sales and use, property and special taxes.

• California Contractors State License Board (800) 321-CSLB (2752)

Information on how to check the license of contractors and guidance on building after a natural disaster.

• California Department of Housing and Community Development (916) 255-2501 permits and (800) 952-8356 registration and titling

Can assist with manufactured housing questions, including repairs, installation and/or registration and titling.

• Department of Insurance (800) 927-4357

Answer questions about existing insurance policies and coverage provided.

• Franchise Tax Board (800) 852-5711

Information on filing disaster and casualty losses on a tax return.

• California Department of Public Health (916) 650-6416 main line (916) 445-2684 vital records or click here

Information on health concerns related to a disasters. Works with those who have lost vital records as a result of disaster; birth, death, and marriage records should be requested from the county recorder’s office in the county where the even occurred.

• California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (800) 777- 0133

Forms to assist in replacing documents, such as driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration and certificates of title lost to disaster.

• California Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (800) 952- 5626

Services for those with CALVET loans who have suffered damage caused by a disaster.

• California Employment Development Department (EDD)

(800) 300-5616 (unemployment insurance benefit claims) and

(888) 745-3886 (assistance for employers)

Employment services for job seekers and employers. Unemployment benefits for qualified workers who lose their job due to no fault of their own, such as disaster. Employers affected by a state of emergency may request a 60-day extension to file state payroll taxes without penalties or interest.

• California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) (916) 845- 8510

Information on disaster preparedness and recovery.

• Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program (209) 966-2000, 5362 Lemee Lane, Mariposa, CA 95338

Helps low income to moderate income pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children with vouchers for healthy and nutritious food.

Mariposa County Departments
• Animal Care and Control (209) 966-3615
• Assessor-Recorder (209) 966-2332
Real property tax relief and valuation.
• Behavioral Health After hours: 9-1-1 or (209) 966-7000
During business hours: (209) 966-2000, or (800) 549-6741

Developmental services:
• Planning Department (209) 966-5151
• Building Department (209) 966-3934
• Environmental Health (209) 966-2220

• Health Department (209) 966-3689 or (800) 459-4466
• Public Works (209) 966-5356
(Roads, landfill)
• Senior Nutrition (209) 742-7182
• Sheriff, Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency Dispatch: (209)

966-3614; Phone: (209) 966-3615 or (800) 774-8314
• Social Services (209) 966-2000
CalWORKS/TANF, CalFresh (Food Stamps), General Assistance, Medi-Cal & County Medical Services Program (CMSP)
• Transportation Services (Dial-a-Ride) (209) 966-5315
• Veterans Service (209) 966-3696

Other Organizations
• Central Valley Red Cross (559) 455-1000
Referrals to disaster recovery case managers and disaster recovery resources.
Preparation resources including family disaster plans, radio stations in area and tips to build a disaster survival kit.
• Mariposa Community Foundation (209) 742-1022
Accepting monetary donations for distribution to fire victims
• Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce (209) 966-2456
Community and business resources
• United Policyholders (800) 286-5631
Nonprofit insurance claim help.
Providing information and answering questions about insurance
and recovery.

Donations
• American Red Cross Shelter and Evacuation Site at Mariposa
Elementary School:
5044 Jones Street, Mariposa CA, 95338
Accepting: Nonperishable food, water, juices, Gatorade
Spontaneous Volunteers
• Mariposa Community Foundation:
P.O. Box 5008, Mariposa CA, 95338
Contact: (209) 742-5134
Accepting: Cash donations
• Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD):
Contact: (559) 683-4911 or (209) 966-5911

Community comes together to help Detwiler victims

• Pony Expresso is planning to hold dinners each Friday night over the next month, from 5:30-7 p.m. at their location, 5182 Highway 49 North in Mariposa.

These free dinners will be held for those affected by the fire.

For more information on the dinners, call (209) 966-5053.

• H&L Lumber Company continues to give away free household items, including shovels, rakes, buckets, hand made sifting boxes, cat food, totes and trash cans. They also have water available.

The items will continue to be given out until they run out. Those in need can stop by the store at 5147 Highway 140.

• Bett’s Gold Coin Sports Tavern at 5021 Highway 140 will be holding a month long breakfast benefit for Detwiler Fire relief.

Every Sunday in August, breakfast will be served from 7-11 a.m. and all the proceeds will be given to the Mariposa Community Foundation to disperse.

The breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children. The meal will consist of bacon, eggs, sausage, plus a main item such as pancakes or French toast that will be interchanged weekly.

For questions, call the restaurant at (209) 966-2388.

• A fire relief center has been established at New Life Christian Fellowship at 5089 Cole Road to assist anyone who has been affected by the Detwiler Fire, those with total loss as well as those that were without power and need food, toiletries and more.

A group of community members have come together to open this resource. They have clothes for all ages, toys, shoes, food, toiletries, household items and pet food. Volunteers are ready to help persons find what they need. The center will be available daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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