Help for Those Impacted by Storm Damage
A storm Jan. 22, 2024 resulted in flooding and damage across the region. The County proclaimed a local emergency, and Gov. Gavin Newsom also proclaimed a State of Emergency in the county. Feb. 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a Major Disaster Declaration for San Diego County.
FEMA may offer Individuals and Households Program Assistance. The program provides financial assistance and direct services to eligible individuals and households who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. The financial assistance is intended to help meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts.
Low interest loans will also be offered for households and small businesses through the Small Business Administration.
If you were impacted by the Jan. 22 flooding and still need help, register for FEMA assistance by visiting disasterassistance.gov and clicking “Let’s Get Started.”
You can also call FEMA’s phone helpline at 1-800-621-3362 daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Emergency Food Supplies: Call 2-1-1 and the agent will provide you information about a food pantry or available services in your area. You can also contact Feeding San Diego at 858-452-3663 or visit their website to find a list of food distributions for residents impacted by the recent storms.
Food Assistance (CalFresh) or Temporary Cash Assistance (CalWORKs or General Relief): go to benefitscal.com, call the Access Customer Service Center at 866-262-9881 or visit a local Family Resource Center.
The County’s is providing temporary emergency lodging to people displaced from their homes by the January 22, 2024, storm, and flooding. Applications for the program were accepted through Feb. 23, 2024.
Funding is from a $10 million flood relief program unanimously approved January 30, 2024, by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The program provides lodging for those whose homes are inhabitable due to flooding during the Jan. 22 storm. Referral to the program was done through a survey or in-person visit to one of the Local Assistance Centers, and/or intake forms completed by community partners who provided initial temporary lodging, or by completing an application.
This is not for people experiencing homelessness, nor is it connected to the inclement weather housing program. There are other housing services available. Visit the Housing Services page to learn more about housing services in cities and in the unincorporated areas of the County.
Metropolitan Transit System (MTS): Complimentary transit passes may be available for those who lost use of their vehicle or live in areas impacted by the storms. Call customer service at 619-557-4555 for information about reduced fare options and trip planning.
Salvation Army: Call 619-231-6000 if you need clothing, socks, underwear or hygiene products.
If you do not have a doctor or medical provider and need
care: Call 2-1-1 to get connected
with a provider nearest you.
The County Department of Public Works is picking up flood-damaged debris and items from homes in the unincorporated communities weather permitting. Call 858-495-5700.
Do not put debris near the curb during rainy weather where it can wash away and cause a hazard.
For additional storm recovery resources, call 2-1-1.
Home/Business Property Tax Relief: Visit the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk's office to see if you qualify for Flood Property Tax Relief or email email@example.com. Recorder/County Clerk staff are also available to answer questions and help with requests for replacement copies of vital records and property deeds.
Pet owners: If you live in the unincorporated area, you can get help with supplies or obtain copies of documents by contacting the Department of Animal Services at DASInfo@sdcounty.ca.gov, 619-767-2675 or sddac.com.
The best way to help people affected by the storm is to donate money to a trusted local organization. Donations of clothing and household items can be difficult to distribute and store. County Emergency Services and the San Diego Foundation set up the San Diego Flood Response Fund to collect donations to fund local non-profits helping those impacted by the storms.
Consumer Protection Resources
211 San Diego or call 2-1-1 or 800-227-0997 for information and referrals to services.
The Red Guide to Recovery: A Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors is a comprehensive, easy-to-read post incident recovery tool that walks disaster survivors step-by-step through the recovery process. Disaster survivors are often overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty after a loss caused by a natural or manmade disaster, and the handbook addresses such stress and uncertainty by providing the information and tools survivors need to cope with a disaster. Learn more