Recent storms have been devastating for families and farmers in the Central Valley, with homes, critical infrastructure, and livelihoods damaged by flooding. Recovery efforts will require long term coordination between local, state, and federal officials. This page will be updated as additional resources become available. Please subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates about the storms, flooding, and federal resources available for preparedness and recovery. I'll continue working to ensure the Central Valley has the resources they need. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office via my contact form.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locations
FEMA has opened Disaster Recovery Centers throughout the Central Valley to help those who have been impacted by recent storms navigate federal disaster relief programs. The specialists at the Disaster Recovery Centers will be able to help you:
- Apply for assistance. You may also Apply for FEMA Assistance online or Apply/Check your status by phone 1-800-621-3362.
- Learn more about disaster assistance programs.
- Learn the status of your FEMA application.
- Understand any letters you get from FEMA.
- Find housing and rental assistance information.
- Get answers to questions or resolve problems.
- Get referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance.
- Learn about Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.
Farmersville Training Center
907 W. Visalia Road
Farmersville, CA 93223
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Lake Isabella (Kern River Valley) Senior Center
6405 Lake Isabella Blvd
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday-Saturday
McFarland Recreation and Park District
100 South Second Street
McFarland, CA 93250
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday-Saturday
Individuals and households who apply for FEMA assistance after a natural disaster will need to have their home inspected to verify the damages. To learn more about what to expect during your FEMA Home Inspection, click the link below:
FEMA Home Inspection Fact Sheet
FEMA Home Inspection Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Reporting Storm Damage
If you have experienced weather-related damages or losses during these storms, it is critical to report them to your respective counties:
Kings County Flood Damage Survey
Tulare County Flood Damage Survey
Kern County Flood Damage Survey
Sign up for County Emergency Alerts:
As we prepare for expected snowpack runoff, it is important to sign up for your county's emergency alert system and follow evacuation orders.
Agriculture Disaster Assistance
Impacted producers should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, infrastructure and livestock losses and damages. On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Loan Assistance Tool can help producers and landowners determine program or loan options. For assistance with a crop insurance claim, producers and landowners should contact their crop insurance agent. For FSA and NRCS programs, they should contact their local USDA Service Center.
Local Farm Service Agency Offices:
Kern County Farm Service Agency
5080 California Avenue, Suite 150
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Tulare County Farm Service Agency
3530 W Orchard CT
Visalia, CA 93277
Kings County Farm Service Agency
680 Campus Dr STE C
Hanford, CA 93230
Small Businesses Disaster Assistance
Information on how to apply for SBA disaster loans:
First register with FEMA: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Then apply online for SBA assistance: https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/
- Filing deadline for physical damage – UPDATED: September 1, 2023
- Filing deadline for economic injury – January 3, 2023
SBA is setting up an office in Visalia for in-person assistance:
SBA Tulare Business Recovery Center
309 W Main St, Ste 110, Visalia, CA 93291
Hours: Mon-Fri 8a-5p
For more information:
For the most up to date Tulare County Disaster Center Locations (Including the Mobile “Pop-Up” Center locations):
Disaster Recovery Centers - Recovers (ca.gov)
Fact Sheet for Homeowners and Renters (sba.gov)
- Homeowners Association Unit Owners:
Fact Sheet: Homeowner Association Unit Owners (sba.gov)
Fact Sheet for Associations (sba.gov)
Fact Sheet for Businesses of All Sizes (sba.gov)
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (sba.gov)