Local Assistance Center Opens in Santa Barbara

A Local Assistance Center (LAC) has opened in Santa Barbara.

The center is staffed by representatives from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), FEMA, the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) and a host of other federal, state and local agencies.

The LAC will be open for business Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The center will be closed Sundays. It is located at:

Calvary Chapel
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara, Ca 93103

Survivors of the recent Southern California wildfires, flooding, debris flows and mudslides should register with FEMA before visiting the LAC, but it is not mandatory.

Survivors in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, can go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app on a smart phone or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Anyone registering for disaster assistance with FEMA should have the following information available:

  • Social Security number.
  • Address of the damaged primary residence.
  • Description of the damage.
  • Information about insurance coverage.
  • A contact telephone number.
  • An address to receive mail.
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

For more information on California recovery, visit the disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4353, Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/femaregion9 and WildfireRecovery.org.


Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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