Financial assistance available to dentists impacted by California wildfires

Updated: 11/20/18

The CDA Foundation is accepting applications for the Disaster Relief Grant. The grant assists dentists, dental staff and component staff members with immediate and emergency needs as a direct result of the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County and the Woolsey and Hill wildfires affecting Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The one-time, single-installment grant provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 per California dentist, dental staff member currently employed in the dental field or CDA component dental society staff member. The grant covers food, shelter, clothing and other emergency needs. Applicants who have lost a home may request additional funds for dependent, immediate family members.

At the time of this update, the fires were not yet fully contained and had claimed 80 lives and destroyed more than 13,500 structures while burning through a combined 247,000 acres.

During this time, The Dentists Insurance Company is offering guidance and support for members who are dealing with the impact on their practices. To reach a TDIC service representative or a risk management analyst, call 800.733.0633.

Qualifying individuals affected by these wildfires are encouraged to apply for the Disaster Relief Grant. More details about the grant along with qualifying criteria are included with the application.

(Victims of the wildfires may also qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. Read the IRS notice.)

To date, over $37,000 has been awarded through the Disaster Relief Grant to assist individuals affected by the June 2018 Carr and Mendocino Complex fires.

Readers who wish to contribute to the relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Grant can text RELIEFGRANT to 91999 or visit cdafoundation.org/donate to donate online.

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