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updated: Mar 17, 2017, 4:49 PM

Source: County of San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services

On March 16 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the County of San Luis Obispo due to a Major Disaster declaration by President Trump. The County of San Luis Obispo can now start the process to begin receiving federal disaster assistance to repair damaged public agency infrastructure and other losses resulting from the recent winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred between January 18 through January 23, 2017.

The disaster assistance is only available for costs and damages to local government public agency infrastructure and related losses, as well as losses to certain non-profit agencies, but not for individuals or businesses.

The County Office of Emergency Services (County OES) worked hard to get as much information from the public on individual and business damages as possible. County OES collected damage assessment reports from 245 individuals, businesses and non-profits via a direct phone line, voice message, e-mail and U.S. Mail as well as from other government agencies and the news media. Unfortunately, the total damages reported by individuals and businesses did not meet the required threshold for federal disaster assistance but the public agency damages did meet the threshold.

County Emergency Services Manager Ron Alsop stated that “We compiled the information and shared it with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) three times during February and March. On March 10, we were notified by Cal OES that the damages do not appear to meet the threshold for federal disaster assistance. Nor are we aware of individual disaster assistance being made available in any other county affected by the storms.”

“County OES thanks and appreciates the information provided by residents and businesses that incurred damages as we attempted to get disaster assistance for individuals and businesses” Alsop said. For more information, visit the County Office of Emergency Services website at www.slocounty.ca.gov/oes.


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