MADERA COUNTY–Over the past several weeks, residents of Northern California have been experiencing repeated Atmospheric River flows that have caused torrential rains and record-breaking snowfall. For many residents, this has caused extreme damage, even destruction, to their homes, outbuildings, properties, and driveways. Due to the damage, California State Governor Gavin Newsom requested a major presidential disaster declaration to support ongoing response and recovery, including nine counties. Madera County, however, has not been included.
Without this declaration, Madera County residents cannot apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance. FEMA assistance can provide financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster, who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs.
In order for Madera County to be included in the declaration, local officials are requesting residents fill out a short survey about the damage they’ve received and include pictures if possible. Madera County Office of Emergency Services (OES) will use this information to request additional assistance from state and federal resources, specifically for individual residents. If significant damage and a need for financial aid can be proven, the chance of approval for funding will increase.
If your property sustained damage due to recent storms, please visit ReportMadera.com to complete a short questionnaire. *Note: when you get to the website for the survey, please click the “open with browser” option.
The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Friday, April 7th, 2023.
Local organizations will also be offering assistance for filling out the questionnaire beginning with reporting and resource assistance at Sierra Vista Church in Oakhurst, Tuesday, April 4th, from 10 AM to 7 PM.
Completing the survey in no way promises or guarantees any assistance from the County, State, or Federal Government.