Federal and state agencies have established telephone lines for people needing assistance from the Northridge quake.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Office of Emergency Services have made available additional phone lines that promise to cut down on the busy signals and long waits for quake victims seeking information or aid.
For assistance not provided by individual insurance companies, people should visit a Disaster Application Center or call (800) 462-9029 to apply for state and federal service over the phone.
Other referral numbers for earthquake victims:
For assistance on: contact: at:
Business disaster loans Small Business (800) 488-5323
Disaster unemployment Employment Call local
Development Dept. office
Emergency assistance American Red Cross (800) 540-2000
Insurance information Insurance (800) 927-4357
Commissioner or (213) 897-8921
Low-interest CAL-DAP (800) 552-5479
Legal services Lawyer Referral (213) 243-1500
Consumer services Atty General’s (800) 952-5225
Crisis counseling L.A. County (800) 854-7771
Contractor licensing Contractor Licensing (800) 962-1125