HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) -- Communities throughout California impacted by the storms at the start of the year are still working to rebuild. Now FEMA is stepping in to help many here in the Bay Area, with additional resources available to people starting Wednesday morning.
In San Mateo County, three sites across the coast will open up as in-person resources for people applying for FEMA disaster relief.
This, after the county was added to the major disaster declaration, giving residents who had damages or losses from the storms the option to apply for federal help.
"There could be some coverage available to you if you need housing, if you need something for safety, and sanity reasons, you never know what the assistance is available to you, so just file and find out," David Cosgrave, a District Coordinator for the San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management said.
Cosgrave says, so far, there have already been around 400 applications put in for disaster relief for the county with completed site inspections.
"It's everything from people who want debris removal because of the floods that came through, we've had teams out in place trying to clear the logjams in the creek, we've had houses that were split in two because of trees coming down through their houses, houses that have had the soil erode the foundation," he said.
To reach a larger crowd, the county is opening up three new "mobile registration intake centers," where staff can answer questions about disaster assistance and help with the registration process.
The first one is at the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District Board Room. It's open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
There another one Friday and Saturday at the La Honda Fire Station 57.
And a third Sunday and Monday at the Ted Adcock Community Center in Half Moon Bay.
"Some people are not internet savvy so it's very helpful to have someone guide them through it," he said.
A full Disaster Recovery Center will also open on Thursday at the Event Center in San Mateo County, west parking entrance at 2495 S. Delaware St. for at least the next week to serve as a one-stop-shop for any victims needing more help.
"FEMA will be there, small business administration, even the DMV if people lost their licenses, and things like that, they'll have a much larger resource center," he said.
Staff can answer questions about disaster assistance and help with registration.
The deadline to apply for disaster assistance through FEMA is on March 16th.
You can also do so online at disaster.assistance.gov.
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