As a result of damages caused from last week’s storm to public agencies, citizens and businesses throughout the County, a Proclamation of Local Emergency was made by the County Administrative Officer / Emergency Services Director, Wade Horton. Governor Newsom also proclaimed a state of emergency for San Luis Obispo County.
The proclamation was made because local agencies require assistance beyond their capabilities to respond to storm related recovery efforts. This streamlines the approval process necessary to obtain additional assistance and resources. Together, the local and state proclamations allow local agencies to apply for disaster cost assistance through the California Disaster Assistance Act.
At this time, only public assistance to local jurisdictions may be eligible for cost reimbursement. However, the County Office of Emergency Services is requesting businesses that incurred damages or expect economic losses due to the recent storm to report these damages. The information will be complied and given to state authorities to help determine if the county might qualify for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration and/or an SBA Physical Disaster Declaration.
The County Office of Emergency Services is requesting damage reports / economic loss report via a form on their website https://www.recoverslo.org/stormrecovery. Businesses will be asked to provide name, contact phone number, address and a brief overview of damages incurred, including repair costs, if known as well as anticipated economic losses.