The County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is asking SLO County residents and businesses to report any storm damage they may have sustained due to the recent storms.
OES director, Ron Alsop, said in a news release, “Due to the ongoing ‘Proclamation of Local Emergency’ and as a result of damages and the continuing damaging effects from the recent storms throughout the County, the County Office of Emergency Services is requesting that residents and businesses report storm damage.”
County Supervisors were given a storm damage update on Feb. 21 and voted to extend the local emergency proclamation, which was first approved Jan. 24.
The proclamation was made partly because local agencies “require assistance beyond their capabilities to respond to storm related recovery efforts,” said Alsop. “The Proclamation of Local Emergency streamlines the approval process necessary to obtain additional State assistance and resources. Together, the local and State proclamations also allow local government agencies to apply for disaster cost reimbursement through the California Disaster Assistance Act
“Disaster assistance through these particular programs,” Alsop explained, “are only available for costs and damages to local government public agency infrastructure and related losses. However, the County Office of Emergency Services is requesting residents and businesses that incurred damages during the storms to report these damages.
“The information will be complied and given to State and Federal authorities to help determine if the County might qualify for a Federal disaster declaration, which could provide assistance for individuals and businesses.”
Businesses and residents have options on how to report their damages — via voice mail, email, or U.S. Mail — will be accepted.
For phone reports, call (805) 781-5020 and leave a message with the information.
To email go to: www.slocounty.ca.gov/oes and click on the “Contact Us” link at the left-hand side of the website (http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/OES/ContactUs.htm). Or mail to: County OES, 1055 Monterey St, Rm. D430, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408.
If a federal declaration of emergency is declared for these storms and disaster assistance funds for individuals becomes available,” Alsop said, “this information will be made available to the public via media and the County Office of Emergency Services website.”