Federal assistance for storm damage: Apply by March 16

Federal assistance available to help cover damage from January storms

February 14, 2023 | Updated March 3, 2023

Piedmont residents who experienced property damage from the January storms may be eligible for federal support to help pay for storm-related costs that were not covered by insurance.

Alameda County was recently added to the “major disaster” declaration for California’s severe storms and flooding. The declaration allows FEMA and the Small Business Administration to provide direct support to individuals and businesses in Alameda County.

FEMA grants are available for:

  • Up to $37,900 for property damage to a primary residence
  • Up to $37,900 for other needs, such as a hotel stay while displaced, funds to replace damaged items, and increases to childcare or medical expenses during the storms

Loans for storm relief are also available to homeowners, renters, and businesses through the federal Small Business Administration. These loans can be paid off over thirty years and can have interest limits as low at 4 percent. Loan types include:

  • Homeowners: Up to $200,000 to repair or replace a primary residence
  • Renters/Homeowners: Up to $40,000 to replace or repair personal property, like clothing, furniture, cars, or appliances
  • Businesses: Up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations or operating expenses that would have been avoided had the disaster not happened.

To qualify for funding, applicants must meet FEMA eligibility guidelines and must first file a claim with their insurance provider. Federal support is available only to assist with costs not already covered by insurance, or to those who do not have insurance.

Apply online, by phone, or in person

Applications are due by March 16. You can apply online, by phone, or in person at an Alameda County Disaster Recovery Center.

Those who would like extra assistance with their application can get help in-person a Disaster Recovery Center in Oakland.

  • 7001 Oakport Street (off 66th Avenue) Oakland

The Oakland Disaster Recovery Center is open 10am-7pm daily through March 16, 2023. Staff at Disaster Recovery Centers may also be able to connect residents to State and County support resources in addition to federal assistance. Translation services are available.

Applying does not guarantee that assistance with be awarded.