CSAC Bulletin Article

California Congressional Delegation Sign-On to Major Disaster Declaration Support Letter

January 19, 2023

On January 12th, the entire California Congressional Delegation wrote in bipartisan support of the State of California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration in response to the recent winter storms, flooding, and mudslides. A major disaster declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

The White House approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration and federal funding is available to affected individuals in the counties of Merced, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. FEMA will provide Individual Assistance to those impacted, including grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and businesses recover from the storms.

President Biden is visiting California today to witness the impact of the storm damages.

Damage assessments are still ongoing. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov  or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

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