Eshoo Announces FEMA Approval of Major Disaster Declaration for California

August 22, 2020
Press Release
Declaration will unlock vital federal resources to combat fires, help families and communities rebuild

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the State of California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, which will provide disaster relief funding for individuals and state and local governments. Representative Eshoo wrote to President Trump on August 21st urging him to immediately grant California’s request.

“The CZU Lightning Complex fire has forced tens of thousands of my constituents from their homes and overwhelmed the capacity of the State and local governments to fight these fires,” said Rep. Eshoo. We need the full resources of the federal government to contain the fires and provide immediate assistance to families in need. FEMA’s approval of California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties is welcome news, but the crisis is far from over. FEMA must do everything it can to ensure these resources are distributed immediately to my affected constituents.”


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved disaster funds for San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties for Category B Public Assistance (PA) which provides assistance for “emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities”. The federal government covers 75 percent of the costs, and the state and local governments split the remaining 25 percent.  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also approved Individual Assistance for San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties which will be granted to individuals to help rebuild, repair and replace housing and assist with other disaster-related expenses.  Individuals can register with FEMA the following ways:

  • Apply online at
  • Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

Additional information about types of assistance available to individuals can be found by clicking HERE.