SLO County Receives FEMA Major Disaster Declaration

San Luis Obispo County was added to the FEMA major disaster declaration (FEMA-4683-DR).  This mean individuals are now eligible to apply for financial assistance for storm related damages. 

Presidential Declaration Fact Sheet

Declaration of Major Disaster for California

What to Expect When You Apply for FEMA Assistance

Disaster 4683 Information

Status of Financial Recovery Process

DRC Open Disaster Recovery Center Now Open

The SLO County Disaster Recovery Center is now open!

Location: San Luis Obispo Veternan's Hall - 801 Grand Ave, SLO 93401

Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 PM - 7 days a week

If you need transportation assistance: (805) 781-5678

Homeowner and Renter Assistance 

Residents who incurred financial losses due to storm damage are encouraged to apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Operators are available from 7 am to 11 pm daily.  Press 2 for Spanish or Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks other languages.

You can also apply for assistance by downloading the FEMA app in the Apple and Google store. This allows you to upload documents to FEMA directly and track the status of your application.

More ways to apply are coming soon, including in person assistance from FEMA representatives at the Disaster Recovery Center. 

You may be contacted by representatives from the Disaster Case Management Program once you apply.  This program is offered at no cost to affected residents to ensure all available assistance programs are identified and utilized. 

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Business Owner Assistance

Business owners in San Luis Obispo County are now eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Small Business Administration. 

Business owners who incurred financial losses due to storm damage are encouraged to apply for assistance online at www.disasterloanassistance.sba.gov or by calling 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY) 7-1-1 to request an application.

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams - Happening Now!

Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams walk through communities affected by a disaster when FEMA assistance becomes available. They are equipped to help residents apply for assistance, even in the toughest conditions. 

Their duties include:

  • Providing on-site guidance to survivors about the application process, and an overview of FEMA disaster assistance.
  • Reviewing survivors’ applications, providing basic information about application status and other eligible assistance, and collecting new information or documents for case files.
  • Engaging disaster survivors and local officials in identifying immediate unmet needs for a quick resolution via FEMA and/or its partners including voluntary agencies.
  • Supporting community outreach and partnerships with the local, state, tribal or territorial emergency managers, disability partners, private sector, voluntary agencies and faith- and community-based organizations to foster a culture of strengthened alliances to support the delivery of inclusive, equitable services to survivors.

More Information from CalOES

State of California Disaster Recovery Assistance and Services - English

State of California Disaster Recovery Assistance and Services - Spanish 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 How do I apply for FEMA assistance as a homeowner?
Homeowners who incurred financial losses due to storm damage are encouraged to apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
 How do I apply for FEMA assistance as a renter?
Renters who incurred financial losses due to storm damage are encouraged to apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. 
 How do I apply for FEMA assistance as a business owner?
Business owners who incurred financial losses due to storm damage are encouraged to apply for assistance online at www.disasterloanassistance.sba.gov or by calling 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY) 7-1-1 to request an application. 
 Is there help available for the agricultural community?
The County is still collecting damage reports here.  If you have damages, please complete this form to help us prove our eligibility. 
Should I apply for a low interest loan if I am not sure I want one? 
Homeowners and renters should submit an SBA disaster loan application even if they are not sure they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve the application, in most cases SBA will refer survivors to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for possible additional assistance. If the SBA application is approved, individuals are not obligated to accept an SBA loan but failure to return the application may disqualify them from other possible FEMA assistance.
Am I eligible for FEMA assistance if I have insurance? 

FEMA disaster assistance is not a substitute for insurance. FEMA assistance provides only for basic needs to make the home safe, accessible and functional. FEMA does not provide replacement-value awards for damaged items or assistance with non-essential items.

Homeowners and renters are required to submit copies of insurance settlements because FEMA, by law, cannot pay for expenses already covered by insurance or other sources such as crowdfunding or financial assistance from voluntary agencies.

 Is there an application deadline? 

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Thursday, March 16, 2023.