Disaster Recovery & Preparedness

Natural disasters not only create a human toll, but socioeconomic consequences as well. Billions of dollars in lost capital affect our communities, from small businesses to local, high-risk neighborhoods. As climate change affects the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters on our communities, disaster recovery is critical to support Californian livelihoods.

Highlighted Programs


FEMA: California Severe Winter Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides

Federal assistance via FEMA programs are available to eligible individuals, families, and businesses affected by these disasters with additional disaster assistance available to California by authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for emergency work undertaken.


Department of Water and Resources – Small Community Drought Relief Program

The purpose of the Small Community Drought Relief Program is to provide immediate and near-term financial and technical support to help small communities survive this and future droughts.

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Philanthropy CA 2023 California Disaster Response

Philanthropy California is an alliance of Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, and Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties. We partner with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES) to support immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery efforts.

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Community Resilience Centers Round 1 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Grant


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California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) Seismic Safety Financing


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CalOES Hazard Mitigation Grant Program


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Disaster Relief Loan Guarantees


Additional Information

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U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance

This link contains the Small Business Administration disaster declaration details, the counties affected, and important files including resources for small businesses and locations to receive assistance.

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California Department of Food and Agriculture: Flood Recovery Resources

Heavy rainfall in early 2023 caused floodwater challenges for many of us in California’s agriculture community. The CA Department of Food and Agriculture’s resources contain relief and support resources available from state and federal partners.

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Office of the Small Business Advocate – Outsmart Disaster

Outsmart Disaster is a statewide campaign led by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. Outsmart Disaster provides California businesses and nonprofits with the training and resources needed to prepare for and recover from all types of business interruptions.


Data & Knowledge

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