Biden Approves Major Disaster Assistance for Four California Counties

Federal disaster assistance has been made available to four California counties following a series of storms that left at least 20 people dead.

The declaration was made Saturday, Jan. 14 by President Joe Biden, but initially only included three counties: Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz. On Jan. 17, the declaration was amended to inlcude San Luis Obispo. 

"Assistance can 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," according to FEMA.

President Biden will travel to California’s Central Coast Thursday to survey the damage, the White House has confirmed.  

Businesses and residents seeking federal assistance can do so at, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA App.