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Posted on: July 24, 2023

Deadline to Access Local Assistance for 2023 Winter Storms Extended

FEMA Local Assistance Center

The deadline for Nevada County residents to apply for FEMA assistance for the February 2023 Winter Storms has been extended to September 1. This opportunity makes new resources available to residents and businesses that experienced damages or hardships due to this year’s winter storms. So far, FEMA has paid out nearly $70,000 in assistance to community members. If you were impacted, please take advantage of this chance to access support.

FEMA Individual Assistance for Residents

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Declaration for the February 2023 Winter Storms makes individual residents eligible for FEMA funding and programming, such as financial assistance, unemployment assistance, counseling, legal services, and case management.

Residents are encouraged to apply directly with FEMA online through the Disaster Assistance Center or via phone at 1-800-621-3362 by FEMA’s deadline of September 1, 2023. Download FEMA's Help After a Disaster pamphlet to learn more about Individual Assistance.

SBA Low-Interest Loans for Businesses

Businesses that suffered physical damage or economic impacts due to the February 2023 Winter Storms can apply for low-interest federal loans through the Small Business Association (SBA). The deadline to apply for physical loan damage is September 1, 2023, and the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury (EIDL) Loan is January 3, 2024.

To begin the application process, businesses can do one of the following:

  • Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at
  • Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
  • The Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is available to provide no-cost assistance with their application. The Sierra SBDC can be reached at (530) 582-5022 or

Find information on what types of disaster loans are available and the requirements, interest rates, loan amounts, and more on SBA’s Fact Sheet.

Businesses with additional questions or needing County assistance can contact Nevada County’s Economic Development Office at 530-470-2795 or

To support residents in connecting to these resources, Nevada County is continuing to partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) to host Local Assistance Centers (LAC) in Grass Valley and Truckee. Each LAC will have staff from up to twenty local, state, and federal partners on hand to assist residents and answer questions.

Grass Valley Local Assistance Center

Bear River High School: 11130 Magnolia Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949
Thursday, July 27th- Saturday, July 29th
9am-7pm daily

Truckee Local Assistance Center

Alder Creek Middle School: 10931 Alder Dr, Truckee, CA 96161
Thursday, July 27th- Saturday, July 29th
9am-7pm daily






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