Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open


FRIDAY, August 11, 2023

There are no open Disaster Recovery Centers in California in response to the 2023 Winter/Spring storms. 

More information is available below.

As California has weathered extreme weather the past few months resulting in rain, snow, wind and flooding, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has led the efforts to respond to and recover from these widespread storm impacts. Involving nearly every part of state government, the work now turns to recovery where thousands of Cal OES, state agency staff and local partners work diligently to ensure Californians can get back on the road to recovery.

A Cal OES representative sitting at a Disaster Recovery Center in Nevada County.

A Cal OES representative at a Disaster Recovery Center in Nevada County.



Residents and business owners in counties covered in the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration who sustained losses in the designated areas can apply for disaster assistance:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov 
  • Calling 800-621-3362
  • By using the FEMA smartphone application
  • If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service
  • In person at a Disaster Recovery Center


Disaster recovery centers are a one-stop shop to provide survivors resources.

At a disaster recovery center, residents and business owners can apply for federal assistance and access other available resources from local, state and non-profit agencies. These can include learning about disaster assistance programs, find housing and rental assistance information, meet with state agency representatives, and get help from non-profits.

When visiting a disaster recovery center to apply for disaster assistance, it’s helpful to bring some important information with you.

  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Insurance coverage information
  • Current phone number and mailing address
  • Bank account information


The state of California is committed to continuing our support to California communities and maximizing state and federal aid to those who have been adversely impacted by the February and March storms.

On April 3, 2023, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., approved the request for a Major Disaster Declaration. The President can declare a Major Disaster Declaration for any natural event that the President believes has caused damage of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond. A Major Disaster Declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure. To learn more about the federal assistance available from the February and March storms, visit this page.