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    County of Ventura Storm Recovery Efforts

    News Release

    Since the onset of the January 2023 storms, California has been working closely with federal partners to provide support to impacted communities. On January 8, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration, which was approved by President Biden on January 9, 2023, to include Ventura County. The Presidential Emergency Declaration provides state and local assistance to providing emergency services, such as protecting lives and mitigating damage.

    Following the Emergency Declaration, Ventura County continued to sustain damage from the January 9-10, storms that impacted public and private property. Considerable efforts to collect damage reports and conduct field assessments with state and federal partners are currently underway. Residents and business owners are asked to submit reports of damage or requests for assistance in hopes that Ventura County may also be included in a designation for Individual Assistance. Individual Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

    Should Individual Assistance be made available by FEMA to Ventura County residents, instructions on filing a claim will be posted at VCEmergency.com. To qualify for Individual Assistance, individual disaster losses must be in a Presidentially declared disaster area, a member of your household must be a legal resident of the United States, and the damages/expenses are not covered by insurance. The following types of assistance are available under the Individual Assistance Program:

    Housing Assistance:

    • Rental Assistance
    • Lodging Expense Reimbursement
    • Uninsured Home Repairs
    • Home Replacement Assistance (limits apply)
    • Direct Housing

    Other Needs Assistance:

    • Personal Property Replacement
    • Medical/Dental Expenses
    • Funeral Expenses
    • Child Care
    • Miscellaneous Expenses (equipment/medical devices)
    • Transportation
    • Moving & Storage Expenses
    • Clean & Removal
    • Critical Needs

    For more information regarding any specific category of assistance, please visit www.fema.gov/assistance/individual/housing or download the FEMA Help After a Disaster brochure.


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