Over the weekend, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a major disaster emergency declaration for Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz Counties relating to the severe storms that started last month.
This FEMA response comes in addition to the previous disaster emergency that was declared for the vast majority of the state last week.
The big picture: FEMA’s latest emergency, declared on Jan. 14, involves the flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on Dec. 27 in the three counties.
- With the declaration, federal disaster assistance is now available to those three counties to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts.
State of play: Individuals and households in Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz Counties can apply for individual assistance through FEMA’s website.
- Local governments and certain private non-profit organizations in the three counties are also eligible to apply for public assistance from the federal government, which helps cover costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and restoring public infrastructure.