By Kristi Jourdan, PIO, Contra Costa County Office of Communications & Media
(Martinez, CA) – Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers are now open for Contra Costa County residents impacted by the December and January winter storms to connect with federal recovery resources in person.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open the mobile center on Sunday, Feb. 26, making it the second and third locations in the County. The mobile center will be available at these dates and times, depending on need:
Locations:Richmond Civic Center Parking Lot Between 24th and 25th streets in Richmond Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Dates: Feb. 26 to March 1
Community Presbyterian Church200 E. Leland Road in Pittsburg
Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Dates: March 2 to March 4
The Danville Center remains open* for residents and available at these dates and times, depending on need:
Location: 510 La Gonda Way, Danville
Time/Dates: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through March 1 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 16 *Please note: This site will be closed Sunday, March 5 and Sunday, March 12
The Center can help residents:
- Apply directly for assistance. Residents can still apply online or check the status of their application at disasterassistance.govor call 1-800-621-3362;
- Learn more about disaster assistance programs;
- Learn the status of a FEMA application;
- Ask questions regarding eligibility;
- Find housing and rental assistance information;
- Get answers to questions or resolve issues; or
- Get referrals to agencies that might offer other assistance.
Other resources through the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will also be available.
For those who have experienced personal property damage, please contact your insurance company first to determine available resources. FEMA provides assistance to applicants for uninsured or underinsured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs.
County Approved for Public Assistance Program:
On Feb. 24, Contra Costa County submitted its request for Public Assistance for the unincorporated areas. Each city within the county will have to submit a request to be eligible for federal reimbursement. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides supplemental grants to local governments so communities can respond and recover from major disasters or emergencies. After an event like severe storms, government organizations need help to cover their costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure.
The County, including unincorporated and incorporated areas, reported an estimated $43 million in damage to public infrastructure from the storms, including bridges, roads and culverts.