Deadline Extended for Disaster Aid


Because of the continuing threat of mudslides, the deadline for people affected by the fire last fall to apply for disaster aid has been extended to April 26.

Rain-related problems in Laguna Beach, Malibu and other areas where soil erosion is a concern prompted federal officials to extend the filing period for disaster relief, which was originally scheduled to end last Friday.

Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties were declared federal disaster areas on Oct. 26, making available federal funds for individuals and business owners. The declaration was amended on Nov. 19 to include damage from soil erosion, landslides and mudslides.


To apply for assistance, call the toll-free tele-registration line from 6 a.m. to midnight daily at (800) 462-9029 or the TDD number for the hearing impaired at (800) 462-7585.

Information and applications also are available at community disaster recovery and preparedness centers in Laguna Beach, Malibu and Pasadena.

Disaster victims who want to check on their relief application or change paperwork already filed can call (800) 525-0321 or the TDD number at (800) 660-8005.