Here are January storm recovery resources, including FAQs and emergency contacts for County residents. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
Disaster Recovery FAQs
Preguntas Frecuentes sobre la Recuperación ante Desastres de Storm Response 2023.
I have damage to my property; what should I do?
For those who have experienced personal property damage, please contact your insurance company first to determine what resources might be available. Keep track of the damages and take photos of structural and content damage. The County is also looking into available resources. Please note that Public Works does not remove debris or clean up private property.
If your property or business is in unincorporated Contra Costa County and you have questions, please email [email protected].
When are FEMA damage inspectors coming to assess our community, and what do their efforts mean for our recovery?
In late January 2023, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) conducted preliminary assessments of damage caused by the January storms in Contra Costa County.
FEMA will provide an official determination on whether Contra Costa County qualifies for Public Assistance and other storm recovery funds. Currently, Contra Costa County has been approved for Individual Assistance (IA). Residents can apply through FEMA directly for financial assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Residents must apply and then their applications are reviewed and approved by FEMA.
What is the current financial impact to the county?
Our preliminary estimate of the widespread impact throughout the county, including unincorporated areas, is about $43 million in road and debris cleanup. We expect this figure to change as further assessments are made. We will share more information as it becomes available.
When will individual financial assistance be available?
On Feb. 2, Contra Costa County was approved for Individual Aid (IA). FEMA provides Individual Assistance to eligible individuals and households who have sustained losses as a direct result of a disaster that receives a federal disaster declaration.
Because the County received the IA declaration, residents can apply for the programs directly through FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov. Residents must apply and then their applications are reviewed and approved by FEMA.
How should I prepare for future storms?
Sign up for emergency alerts through the Community Warning System at www.CWSAlerts.com. Pay close attention to weather forecasts and conditions if traveling. Make sure to have an emergency kit for everyone in your household with food, clothing, and essential supplies for at least three days. Also, review your insurance coverage regularly to help ensure that your possessions, your property and your loved ones are protected.
City Recovery Contacts for the 2023 January Winter Storm
Suzanne Iarla, [email protected]
Betsy Burkhart, [email protected]