Sandbag fillingCity Resources

County Response

Updated Feb. 3, 2023

* Residents in need of assistance should call 211 or 1-800-REDCROSS
* Homeowners and renters in San Mateo County with damage or losses due to the series of New Year’s storms can apply for federal disaster assistance. Deadline: March 16, 2023. For hands-on application assistance, visit a local Disaster Recovery Center (see below). To apply on your own, click here for more info. Also: see documents at the bottom of this page.
* Disaster Recovery Centers will open soon in San Mateo and on the Coastside

San Mateo County Event Center
Operating daily from Thursday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 23, staff will help residents affected by recent storms learn about available assistance from local, state and federal agencies. For the address, a map, helpful links, information in English and Spanish about the type of assistance available, and what to know before you go, click here

Coastside Assistance Centers
Staff will help residents of San Mateo County’s coast impacted by the recent storms learn about available assistance from local, state and federal agencies at three separate locations:

Pescadero, Feb. 8 & 9
La Honda, Feb. 10 & 11
Half Moon Bay, Feb. 12 & 13
For hours, locations and much more, click here.


HANDLE SANDBAGS WITH CARE: Wear gloves, eye protection and boots for protection when handling the content of wet sandbags. The sand often contains coarse grains that can scratch skin and dust that may get into the eyes. In addition, sandbags can contain clay, which may stain clothing and surfaces, and elevated levels of bacteria. 

Keep Sandbags for the Rainy Season 

  • Residents and businesses are encouraged to reuse sandbags.  
  • The sand within sandbags is not high quality, and it may have come in contact with flood waters and contain more bacteria than normal soil. Consequently, it should not be used in playgrounds, sandboxes or other areas where direct human contact may occur or disposed of in a wetland, floodplain, water-way or other environmentally sensitive areas. 

Reuse of Sandbags 

  • Store sandbags in a safe place after drying out in the sun to prolong their life. 
  • If bag is damaged, sand can be placed into new bags.  

Disposal of Sandbags 

  • Do not place used sand in or near bodies of water, storm drains, playgrounds, or sandboxes.  
  • Do not dispose of any sand in your regular trash, compost or yard waste bins. The sand is abrasive and damages equipment.  
  • Place the empty bags in your garbage bin; do not place the bags in your recycling bin.  

    Information on free sandbag pickup locations.

    Shelter and Food Assistance

    Information about shelters, displaced residents, and food assistance.


    Recovery Health & Safety Guidelines for Residences and Businesses

    Review guidelines from County Health Officer about returning to flooded homes and areas.

    Recovery Health & Safety Guidelines for Residences and Businesses


    Check for Local Hazardous Conditions

    Sign up for SMC Alert

    Register to receive notifications during urgent or emergency situations.