Cal EMA Acting Secretary Asks SBA to Assist Homeowners, Renters and Business Owners Affected by Windstorm
SACRAMENTO – At the direction of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) Acting Secretary Mike Dayton has sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting that it declare a disaster for Los Angeles County in response to the windstorm that struck the area on Nov. 30.
The request by Acting Secretary Dayton follows a State of Emergency Proclamation on Saturday by Governor Brown and the results of a joint preliminary damage assessment conducted by representatives of Cal EMA, SBA, Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management and affected cities.
If the SBA approves the request for the disaster declaration, affected homeowners, renters and business owners of all sizes in Los Angeles County and the City of Rancho Cucamonga could be eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the federal agency.
“We recognize that the windstorm had a significant impact on the lives of many residents and business owners in Los Angeles County and in Rancho Cucamonga,” said Dayton. “The preliminary damage assessment and the request to the SBA for assistance are the first steps in helping them on the road to recovery. We are committed to working with the SBA to assist them in obtaining all the federal assistance they are eligible for under the law.”
Starting earlier this week, Cal EMA and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began assessing how the windstorm affected public facilities in Los Angeles County and the City of Rancho Cucamonga.
“We understand that emergency response costs and damages to public facilities caused by the windstorm have placed a burden on the budgets of several agencies in Los Angeles County and the City of Rancho Cucamonga and will be working diligently to help them reduce a significant portion of that burden,” said Dayton. “This week’s preliminary damage assessments are a critical step in that effort.”
In addition to directing Cal EMA to work with the SBA to possibly obtain assistance for affected homeowners, renters and business owners, the Governor ordered Caltrans to request immediate aid from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration to help pay for highway repairs or reconstruction in Los Angeles County and the City of Rancho Cucamonga and state agencies to use their resources to perform all activities consistent with the direction of Cal EMA and the State Emergency Plan.