FEMA crews assess damage to Napa homes following quake

Federal assistance is not yet available for victims of the Napa earthquake.

On Friday, the first step was taken in the process to free up that money. Federal Emergency Management Agency crews arrived in Napa and teamed up with local and state inspectors.

They're looking at four things in each building they inspect which includes, the extent of damage, the number of people displaced, any health or safety problems and the total cost of the damage.

"We're going to gather that information, for the state as well as for the governor to make the decision whether they're going to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a federal request. Once that federal request comes in, then we'll look at the damages and all the assessments that we looked at and then we'll provide to the president and the White House," Veronica Verde said.

If the president decides to declare a national disaster, earthquake victims would then be able to apply for federal aid.
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