SLO County to close Disaster Recovery Center for residents with storm damage

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San Luis Obispo County will close its Disaster Recovery Center next Tuesday, Feb. 14, according to a news release from the SLO County Office of Emergency Services.

The county opened the center after a series of storms battered the Central Coast in early January. Heavy rain and flooding during the storms displaced residents from their homes and caused more than $43 million of damage to county-owned infrastructure.

Center staff can help folks apply for federal assistance and disaster loans, update applications and connect them with other resources aligned with their needs, the news release said.

Right now, the center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building at 801 Grand Ave.

Starting Wednesday, its operating hours will be shortened to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and Sunday, with staff from agencies such as the Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Motor Vehicles available to answer questions, according to the news release.

Staff from the Behavioral Health Department, the Planning and Building Department and the Department of Social Services will be available at the center on weekdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the news release said.

The center offers Spanish and American Sign Language interpreters as well, according to the news release.

For transportation to the center, call the SLO County Office of Emergency Services at 805-781-5678.

Folks can apply for federal aid at or call 1-800-621-3362. The deadline for applying for aid is March 16, according to the news release.