Biden Administration Approves Federal Disaster Declaration for Santa Barbara & SLO Counties

By the Office of Rep. Salud Carbajal

Last night, following a request from Congressmen Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), the Biden-Harris Administration approved an amendment to California’s federal disaster declaration to include Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

“I am grateful to President Biden, FEMA, state officials, and our local leaders and emergency managers for working quickly to ensure Central Coast first responders can get the resources they need to respond to the damage brought by this week’s storms,” said Rep. Carbajal. “I will continue to utilize every resource at my office’s disposal to help support those who have been working day and night to save lives and protect our communities as we survey the damage and brace for the rain and flooding still to come.

“I urge all Central Coast residents to continue to heed the warnings of our first responders and emergency response teams. The danger has not yet passed, hazards remain, and vigilance is critical to keeping you and your family safe.”

The original declaration, approved on Monday by President Biden, covered 17 counties in California, including Ventura.

The amendment approved last night added the two Central Coast counties and 12 others.

The letter sent yesterday by Carbajal and Panetta can be found HERE.

Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th Congressional District, encompassing Santa Barbara County and portions of San Luis Obispo County and Ventura County. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


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    • Oh SB Lo, stop spreading misinformation. We all know that Biden is always on board to approve help for we the people. Unlike trump who would have denied us aid because California is a blue state, regardless of how many federal taxes we’ve paid, or other redders who would have defunded FEMA if they had the power to.


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