FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's been more than a month now since the devastating Creek Fire broke out in parts of Fresno and Madera Counties. Firefighters are still battling the flames, but the focus is beginning to shift towards the massive cleanup efforts. To clear up any confusion for homeowners eager to rebuild, Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) discussed some of the cleanup options. "There are two options available. There's a government cleanup with no cost to the homeowners. The other option is you can hire your own contractor to do the cleanup at your own expense," Patterson said.
  I have heard from many confused and concerned people eager to cleanup. There have been many unanswered questions. There are some simple but important things we have learned about property cleanup.  This information has been gathered from reliable sources and has been confirmed by Fresno County. It will soon be available on their website. Until then, this is what we know. Complete property cleanup will begin soon for all with homes destroyed in the Creek Fire with no out-of-pocket cost. If you begin cleaning up your property on your own, you could be disqualified from the government help. If you are considering government help - STOP.
If your home was damaged or destroyed in the Creek Fire and didn't have insurance or were under-insured, you should apply for Individual Assistance through FEMA immediately. If you're eligible, FEMA funds can help pay for various housing-related items such as:Rental AssistanceLodging Expense ReimbursementHome RepairHome ReplacementMoving/Storage ExpensesAnd more..... You can register for this federal assistance in three ways:
Has your job been hit by the Creek Fire? Here's how to get financial help Unemployment benefits will be paid retroactive to the day the disaster was declared, which is September 6th for the Creek Fire.
  Obtain a complete copy of your residential homeowner's insurance policy, including your declarations page. The law requires your insurance company to provide this to you free of charge within 30 days of your request.  Ask your agent or insurer representative to explain how much coverage you have (1) to rebuild or repair your home, (2) for your personal belongings, and (3) for living expenses. This should include an explanation of Extended Replacement Cost and Building Code Upgrade coverages if applicable.  Ask how to most effectively claim your coverage benefits.
Our office is available to help you get information on your FAIR plan claim. This can be a frustrating and confusing process. If you have concerns, complaints, general questions or your adjuster has not contacted you after you’ve filed your claim online, we can help.HOW TO NAVIGATE THE FAIR PLAN REPORT YOUR CLAIM ON THE FAIR PLAN WEBSITE Report your claim here:  After you’ve completed this step, your adjuster should reach out to you. IF YOUR ADJUSTER DOES NOT REACH OUT TO YOU AFTER YOU REPORT YOUR CLAIM ONLINE OR YOU HAVE SPECIFIC CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR CLAIM
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