Emergency Relief Program

DISASTER FIRST STEPS (for funding assistance to local agencies)

  1. Immediately Contact your local CalOES representative to report damages (CalOES Rep)
  2. Report federal on-system roadway disaster damage to Caltrans (IDE Form)

Hot Topics/New News

  • Latest ER Disasters
    • CA24-4 March 2024 Winter Storm
      • FHWA Finding of Eligibility received on 5/8/24
      • Eligible Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, and Ventura
      • Disaster Start Date: 3/1/24
      • DAF Due Date: 8/30/24
      • Please send DAFs for any local damage to ER.DAF.Approvals@dot.ca.gov
    • CA24-3 February 2024 Atmospheric River
      • FHWA Finding of Eligibility received on 5/23/24
      • Eligible Counties: Alameda, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Sutter, and Ventura
      • Presidential Declaration issued on 4/13/24 for February’s severe winter storms
        • FEMA (DR-4769) now covering debris removal for the incident period of January 31, 2024 and February 9, 2024 in Butte, Glenn, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sutter, and Ventura
        • Reminder that debris removal is not eligible for reimbursement through ER program when it is covered by FEMA
      • Disaster Start Date: 1/31/24
      • DAF Due Date: 7/31/24
      • Please send DAFs for any local damage to ER.DAF.Approvals@dot.ca.gov
    • CA24-2 December 2023 Winter Storms
      • FHWA Finding of Eligibility received on 5/8/24
      • Eligible Counties: Humboldt, Imperial, Monterey, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Ventura
      • Disaster Start Date: 12/28/23
      • DAF Due Date: 6/30/24
      • Please send DAFs for any local damage to ER.DAF.Approvals@dot.ca.gov
  • Quick Release (QR) Funds
    • No QR funds currently available
  • Did You Realize…
    • The DAF deadlines, disaster begin dates, and the EO 100% reimbursement end date for each disaster is on this ER web site. See the Disaster Information link (bullet in Emergency Relief Program Websites side menu), then click on the ER Project Disaster Information link.
    • o You can find disaster Proclamations and other official, ER related documents on this ER web site. Check out the Disaster Declarations link in the Emergency Relief Program Websites side bar, then scroll to the second table on the page (below the Disaster Proclaimed Events and Locations table).

The Program

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief (ER) Program was authorized by Congress to repair or reconstruct federal-aid routes that have suffered serious damage as a direct result of a declared event (see Title 23, United States Code, Section 125). The program is available to State and Local Agency transportation departments with roads suffering serious damage from natural disasters or catastrophic failures from external causes. ER funding is intended to supplement resources from States, localities and other Federal agencies to help in the repair of facilities damaged by eligible events.

Important Note

Local agencies reporting disaster damage information must report their damages to both CalOES and Caltrans, separately. CalOES and Caltrans separately administer different disaster relief funding programs, with very different requirements. For this reason, local agencies will need to make sure they are sharing all their disaster damage information separately, with both CalOES and Caltrans. Local agencies should not assume the information shared with Caltrans will be shared with CalOES. If the local agency is unsure of who their CalOES contact is they should call their CalOES region to find out. CalOES regional contact information can be obtained on the web at: Regional Operations.

For project specific and call for projects questions, please contact your:

For general program questions you may contact:

Daniel Karavan (Districts 1,2,3)

Dalton LaBoskey (Disricts 4,8,9)

Anmol Mishra (Districts 5,6,10)

Jasdeep Sandhu (Districts 7,11,12)

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