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San Diego County Recovery

San Diego County Recovery works to maximize disaster assistance to eligible public and private entities and residents through various state and federal disaster assistance programs.

Following an emergency or disaster, additional information and resources will be available throughout this website.

May 2014 Fire Recovery

Recovery Assistance Hotline and Email

Unincorporated County residents affected by the wildfires may call the Recovery Assistance Hotline (619-929-4736) or email . Both will be staffed by County employees from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Callers can leave a voice mail after hours and County staff will return the call the next day.

The County's Recovery Liaison Office at the County Library's San Marcos branch has now closed.  More

Disaster Loans Available to Residents Affected by San Diego County Wildfires

The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest federal disaster loans to residents and business owners affected by the San Diego County wildfires which occurred May 13-17. The Small Business Administration is setting up offices in Carlsbad and in San Marcos to help applicants directly.

The Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will be open starting June 10, on Monday - Thursday from 9:30 am to 6 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm through Thursday, June 19.  The locations are: the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place, Room 14, across from Holiday Park; and the San Diego County Library San Marcos Branch, 2 Civic Center Drive.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters may also be eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses of any size and private or non-profit organizations may be eligible to borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed buildings, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Additional loans from the Small Business Administration may be available to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and private, non-profit organizations can request an Economic Injury Disaster Loan to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster—regardless of whether the business sustained any property damage.

Loan amounts and terms are set by the Small Business Administration and are based on the applicant’s financial condition. Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses.

People can also apply online at

Get more information on disaster loans on the Small Business Administration website, or contact the agency’s customer service center at (800) 659-2955 or

May 2014 Fire Recovery Resources

The Red Guide to Recovery

The Red Guide to Recovery: A Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors is a comprehensive, easy-to-read post incident recovery tool that walks disaster survivors step-by-step through the recovery process.  Disaster survivors are often overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty after a loss caused by a natural or manmade disaster, and the handbook addresses such stress and uncertainty by providing the information and tools survivors need to cope with a disaster.   Learn more

View the Condensed Red Guide to Recovery for San Diego County


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