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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Disaster Related Services

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses impacted by disasters in California. These range from assistance for those who may have lost a job due to the disaster, to employers who are forced to shut down operations.

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Wildfire Victims

Workers, and particularly self-employed individuals, who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the recent wildfires in California can now apply for unemployment benefits under the Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. President Trump’s federal disaster declaration opens the way to provide some financial assistance to those who were affected by the fires, but who do not qualify for regular state unemployment insurance benefits.  That includes those in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, and Yuba counties who meet at least one of these conditions:

The EDD encourages anyone out of work due to these wildfires to apply for unemployment benefits. The deadline for filing claims is December 18, 2017. Our representatives will work with you on the documentation required for processing your claim. If our representatives find that you don’t qualify for regular state provided benefits, then they will process your claim through the federal unemployment insurance program. Other details include:

Other Assistance Available for Disaster Victims

The Governor has issued a State of Emergency proclamation for the disasters listed in the chart below. For these disasters, the one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits is waived, and employers have a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

Local Assistance Centers

Local Assistance Centers (LAC) are open to assist those impacted by the California wildfires. LACs include representatives from EDD and other local, state and federal agencies, non-profit and voluntary organizations with disaster assistance programs and services, including unemployment benefits and payroll tax extensions for employers. For more information, visit California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services - LACs.

 

Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits

DI provides partial wage replacement benefits to eligible California workers who are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. If you were injured by the disaster, you may be eligible for DI benefits.

To apply for DI benefits, submit a Claim for Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits (DE 2501) using SDI Online or by mail. If you need a paper version of the DE 2501, you can order the form through the Online Forms and Publications page or contact DI by phone.

Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits

PFL provides benefits to individuals who lose wages when they need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner. If you need to care for a family member injured in the disaster, you may be eligible for PFL benefits.

To apply for PFL benefits, submit a Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) using SDI Online or by mail. If you need a paper version of the DE 2501F, you can order the form through the Online Forms and Publications page or contact PFL by phone.

Employer Services

Employers directly affected by a disaster may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

Job Services

EDD staff located throughout the state are often called upon to lend a hand at Local Assistance Centers (LACs) established by the California Office of Emergency Services (OES). They provide assistance with filing claims for UI benefits, as well as job search assistance and other more general support and referrals to resources.

Disasters in California and Assistance Status

 
CountyDisasterUI Filing DeadlineAdditional Information
Butte

*NEW
Cherokee Fire
Honey Fire
La Porte Fire
April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the effects of multiple fires.

Presidential Declaration:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Butte County.
Lake

*NEW
Sulphur Fire April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Lake County due to the effects of the Sulphur Fire.

Presidential Declaration:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Lake County.
Mendocino

*NEW
Potter Fire
Redwood Fire
April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Napa County due to the effects of multiple fires.

Presidential Declaration:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Mendocino County.
Napa
*NEW
Tubbs Fire
Patrick Fire
Atlas Fire
April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Napa County due to the effects of multiple fires.

Presidential Declaration:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Napa County.
Nevada

*NEW
Lobo Fire
McCourtney Fire
April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Nevada County due to the effects of multiple fires.

Presidential Declaration:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Nevada County.
Orange

*NEW
Canyon Fire April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Orange County due to the effects of the Canyon Fire.

Presidential Declaration:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Orange County.
Solano

*NEW
Atlas Fire April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Solano County due to the effects of the Atlas Fire.
Sonoma 

*NEW
Nuns Fire
Pocket Fire
Tubbs Fire
April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Sonoma County due to the effects of multiple fires.

Presidential Declaration
:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Sonoma County.
Yuba

*NEW
Cascade Fire April 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Yuba County due to the effects of the Cascade Fire.

Presidential Declaration
:
President Donald J. Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for California that includes Yuba County.
Butte Ponderosa Fire February 25, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the effects of the Ponderosa Fire.
Trinity Helena Fire February 25, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Trinity County due to the effects of the Helena Fire.
Mariposa Detwiler Fire January 17, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Mariposa County due to the effects of the Detwiler Fire.
Butte Wall Fire January 8, 2018 Governor Proclamation:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the effects of the Wall Fire.