2017 Winter Storms

Road damaged due to storm

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the County Board of Supervisors terminated the Local Proclamation of Emergency for the 2017 Storms.


Currently, SLO County public agencies and teams from State and Federal authorities are working together on the recovery efforts to repair or rebuild affected locations.



State of Emergency Proclamations

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued two emergency proclamations, on January 23, 2017, to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways. One of which included San Luis Obispo County. Read the Governor's State of Emergency proclamation.


On March 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued two additional State of Emergency Proclamations, one for late January severe storms and another for severe storms experienced beginning February 1, 2017 . Both of these included San Luis Obispo County.        

Federal Disaster Declarations

Due to the February severe storms, another Disaster Declaration for California was approved on April 1, 2017. Federal assistance will be made available to supplement State, tribal, and local recover efforts in the areas affected by the storms, including San Luis Obispo County. Read the White House release.


On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved the California Disaster Declaration as a result of the severe storm damage experienced in the early January Storms. San Luis Obispo County was included in the Declaration. 

In addition to the February 14th Disaster Declaration, the White House announced President Trump approved the California Disaster Declaration due to the late January severe winter storm damages. Included in the Declaration was San Luis Obispo County. 


Current Information

Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Disaster Assistance for California Private Nonprofit Organizations

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in California following the presidential declaration related to the Jan. 3-12, 2017 severe winter storms.

Private nonprofit organizations should contact Tamara Scott, acting Chief of the Proclamation and Recovery Planning Division at Cal OES to obtain information about applicant briefings: (916) 845-8245 or [email protected]. At these briefings, private nonprofit representatives will need to provide information about their organization.

FEMA will use that information to determine of the organization provides an "essential governmental service" and is a "critical facility". If so, FEMA may provide the organization Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs. If not, the SBA may provide disaster loan assistance.

Loans of up to $2 million can be made to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. In addition, other funds can be loaned to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For certain private nonprofits, SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help with meeting working capital needs caused by the disaster. They may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage.

Applications can be submitting online on the SBA secure website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applications can also be downloaded at https://www.sba.gov/disaster and should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 17, 2017.

The filing deadline to return applications for economic injury applications is November 14, 2017.

SBA Press Release online.

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