Page last updated: 04/13/2023
California was struck by storms starting on February 21, 2023. On April 3, 2023, President Biden declared a major disaster.
People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
For the complete whitehouse.gov press release, please click here.
FEMA Application Deadline
Friday, June 2, 2023
Appeal your FEMA decision letter
Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter.
Apply for SNAP Replacement
Lake, Napa, and Tuolumne counties had until March 7, 2023, to apply for SNAP Replacement for food lost in the storms of February 23, 2023.
Amador, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Sonoma and Tulare counties had until March 30, 2023 to apply for SNAP replacement for the storms of February 26, 2023.
Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Lake, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yuba counties had until April 6, 2023 to apply for SNAP replacement for the storms of March 7, 2023.
Calaveras, Del Norte, Glenn, Kings, San Benito and San Joaquin counties have until April 10, 2023 to apply for SNAP Replacement for the storms of March 10, 2023.
Alpine, Orange and Trinity counties have until April 12 to apply for SNAP Replacement for the storm of March 13, 2023.
Automatic SNAP Replacement
People living in 120 ZIP codes of Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Lake, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne and Yuba counties will be receiving automatic replacement of SNAP benefits for the winter storms of March 17, 2023. Additionally, the following ZIP codes in Trinity County are eligible for automatic replacement of SNAP benefits due to the winter storms of March 9 and 10, 2023: 96024, 96041, 96048, 96052, 96091, and 96093.
Applications for FEMA Assistance can be submitted by:
Phone: Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.
Online: Fill out the application at DisasterAssistance.gov
In-Person: You can also fill out the application at a FEMA Disaster Resource Center (DRC).
Mobile Registration Intake Center: MRICs move around regularly. They will be in an area for a short period of time to help survivors who need registration help. Visit FEMA’s Disaster Declaration page to find more information about the Mobile Registration Intake Center locations and hours.
Disaster Recovery Center: To find a Disaster Recovery Center near you, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s DRC locator or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area.
Due to the COVID-19 nationwide emergency declared by Former President Trump and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans; FEMA will conduct remote home inspections for disaster survivors until further notice.
This fact sheet provides information about that process. It includes links to PDF and plain text versions.
As of June 1, 2022, FEMA is beginning to transition back to in- home inspections. Remote inspections may still occur if conditions make them necessary again.
Created by FEMA, this handout provides a basic overview what to expect after you have applied for assistance.
As of June 1, 2022, FEMA reinstituted verification of disaster-caused losses through in-person home inspections. Multiple virtual methods were used to inspect survivor homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disaster survivors’ health and safety remain FEMA’s priority so the agency will retain the ability to conduct inspections without entering the home.
This link will take you to FEMA’s fact sheet on in- home inspections.
Please check your local news and local officials for the latest safety and shelter resources.
Access information on Safety and Shelter assistance through the resources below.
Explore resources from the American Red Cross on how to stay safe and recover from a disaster.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. You may also visit to ask questions about your case. The DRC Locator helps you find the hours, services, and locations of DRCs near you.
Access legal aid organizations and other helpful recovery assistance through the resources below.
The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create Disaster Legal Services (DLS) — a program designed to help survivors navigate the aftermath of presidentially- declared disasters. The DLS program provides immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors—at no charge.
Issues where DLS can help include:
Learn more through this short video.
To help meet the growing legal needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with RingCentral Inc. to create a national hotline to connect the Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS) with those seeking civil legal services.
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Professional association of lawyers.
1430 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Provides free civil legal services to low-income people.
2115 Kern Street, Suite 200
Fresno, CA 93721
Provides free civil legal services to low-income people.
Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state’s website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the attorney.
ABA Free Legal Answers is a website operated by the American Bar Association (ABA) and by an entity or entities in the state where the client lives.