News SLO provides disaster recovery center and local assistance center

The San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building has been converted into a disaster recovery center and local assistance center.

“It’s our one-stop shop, so we want residents to come here and get all their questions answered so they don’t have to call multiple agencies. They can do it all here,” San Luis Obispo County Emergency Services Coordinator Rachel Dion said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES), and San Luis Obispo County established the center for storm survivors.

“For example, if you lost your driver’s license during a storm, we have the DMV here to help you reapply for it. If you have questions about allowing your home to be storm repaired, we’re here for planning and construction, we have assessor’s offices, ’ explains Dion. “We have nonprofits here — the Red Cross and the United Way.”

If you have not registered with FEMA for assistance, please bring the following documents:

“We need your Social Security information, we need to know the address of the damaged property, where you currently live … if you want direct deposit, maybe your bank information,” said Renee Bafalis, who works for FEMA Media Suggest relationship experts.

If you have already filed a claim, the center is a good place to follow up on your claim.

“Bring any documentation you may have, whether it’s a receipt, maybe your insurance company has let you know exactly what they will or won’t cover, if you have any contractors come out and give you an update on how much it might cost you repairs – take this information with you,” Bafalis added.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a wide range of services outside of the business sector.

“Small businesses can borrow up to $2 million, typically for capital, working capital and damages,” explained Zabrina Tipton, the SBA’s public information officer. “Homeowners and renters can also get low-interest loans of up to $40,000, which will go toward furniture, cars and appliances. For homeowners, we’re offering up to $200,000 in low-interest loans.”

If you own a farm, livestock or vineyard, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is on hand to help you determine which program is right for your needs.

“They fill out a worksheet, and that’s the starting point for us to remove any field debris, any access roads, any damage from flooding that needs to be done,” said Jody Lyon, chief project technician for the USDA Farm Service. ) Say.

The center also provides information on health and wellbeing.

How long will this site be around?

“As long as we still have community members who need help, we will remain open,” Dion said. “March 16day, 2023 is the deadline to apply for FEMA federal aid. “

The Veterans Memorial is located at 801 Grand Ave in San Luis Obispo.Open 7 days a week, 8am-7pm

If you need assistance with transportation, you can contact the SLO County Office of Emergency Services at (805) 781-5678.

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