Assistance centers to open in Pescadero, La Honda and Half Moon Bay
February 3, 2023
  • Redwood City – Residents of San Mateo County’s coast impacted by the recent storms can learn about available assistance from local, state and federal agencies at three separate  locations starting next week.

    On hand at each location will be what is known as “Mobile Registration Intake Centers” whose staff can answer questions about disaster assistance and help with registration.

    Dates and Locations:

    February 8 and 9
    La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District Board Room, 360 Butano Cutoff, Pescadero 94060

    Hours:            February 8: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                            February 9: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    February 10 and 11
    La Honda Fire Brigade Station 57, 8945 La Honda Road, La Honda 94020

    Hours:            8 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days

    February 12 and 13
    Half Moon Bay Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay 94019

    Hours:            8 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days

    Representatives from the County, state Office of Emergency Services and Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide a one-stop source for information.

    Services will include:

    • Employment assistance
    • Record replacement
    • Veterans assistance
    • Access and functional needs assistance
    • Information on housing options
    • Referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance.
    • Information on Small Business Administration programs

    Before you go, it may be helpful to review the following:

    Disaster Assistance Basics (English) (Spanish

    Assistance for Families and Individuals (English) (Spanish

    Programs to Support Disaster Survivors (English) (Spanish)

    What information does FEMA require? (English) (Spanish)

    Assistance for Governments and Nonprofits (English) (Spanish

    Important: If you sustained damages or losses due to the New Year’s storms, you can apply now for FEMA disaster assistance.

    Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses, transportation, childcare and moving and storage expenses. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2023.

    If you have insurance, first file a claim with your insurance provider. FEMA provides assistance to applicants for your uninsured or underinsured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs.

    There are several ways that you can apply for FEMA assistance under the Individual Assistance program:


    Download the FEMA mobile app

    Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in many languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Helpline operators speak many languages. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language. The helpline is available until 8 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

    For an accessible video on how to apply, go to

    You can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center opening at the San Mateo County Event Center.

    Assistance from FEMA became available when San Mateo County was added to the “major disaster declaration” for the series of storms that pummeled the state beginning at the end of December 2022.

    Media Contact

    Michelle Durand
    Chief Communications Officer