Padilla, Lara Host Forum on Federal Resources Available to Californians Recovering from Natural Disasters
News: 2023 Press Release
Watch the webinar hosted by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla highlighting resources available to Californians recovering from recent winter storms.
CALIFORNIA — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara hosted a virtual winter storm recovery forum to highlight state and federal resources available to Californians recovering from recent natural disasters. The conversation featured representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to share the assistance that is currently available through the federal agencies.
“Californians have battled relentless rainstorms, flooding, and landslides that damaged infrastructure and property in communities throughout the state, and most tragically, cost 22 people their lives,” said Senator Padilla. “That’s why it’s important for Californians to know that after this winter’s storms, assistance is available to help them recover. This week, I will introduce two bills to give the federal government more flexibility to pick up the tab for federal disaster aid. I will continue to fight for more support to help our communities combat future extreme weather and natural disasters.”
“Communities across our state are still picking up the pieces, reclaiming the sense of safety they lost in the storms – and the reality is that recovering from a natural disaster is a marathon, not a sprint,” said California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “My Department of Insurance fights for consumers, and we can help you make the most of your benefits so you can recover more quickly.”
Californians looking for more information on resources available to help during the recovery process can visit Senator Padilla’s Disaster Resources page for more information. Visit the California Department of Insurance winter storm recovery page for insurance help.
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