Our San Diego region was hit by unprecedented rainfall and flooding over the last week - continuing into this weekend - which has led to hundreds of people being displaced from their homes, schools and businesses.

Here's the
latest updates on the impact of the emergency business relief fund that we launched last week to provide financial and technical assistance to the hardest hit areas. People were stranded on rooftops, cars washed away, pets trapped in homes, schools filled with water and businesses badly damaged.

The strength of a community is truly shown during times of crisis like this one. If you have the time to help or a dollar to give, please consider doing so. It's going to take us coming together, doing what we can, to help these families, schools and businesses get back on their feet.

Here are a few ways to help out:


CSDBCC's Emergency Business Relief Fund

Matching donations up to $100,000 to assist small businesses in District 4.

CSDBCC's Flood Assistance Fund

We are providing funding ranging from $500 - $5,000.

FEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP)

On Monday, February 19, 2024, President Biden granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California triggering the release of Federal funds. All money FEMA offers is tax-free and you must use it as required by your award letter. This may include renting another place to live, making home repairs, or for expenses to repair or replace personal property.

City of San Diego EDD Emergency Response Grant 

The City is providing grants for Small Businesses & Nonprofits up to $2,500 per applicant, with a 100% bonus (for a total of $5,000) for applicants located in the Promise Zone, Opportunity Zones, or Low-Moderate Income Census Tracts. EDD will be prioritizing businesses located in under-resourced communities and high-impact storm-affected areas for these grants. Eligible businesses and nonprofits are awarded funding based on a reimbursement basis for documented storm-related expenses incurred.

San Diego Foundation (SDF) Flood Response Fund
Matching donations up to $100,000.

Small Business Association - Physical Damage Loans

The following locations will be providing shelter information, sandbags, basic supplies and showers: 

  1. Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is supporting community members impacted by the floods and hosting a pickup and drop-off site for supplies. Please see their list of resources.
  2. Balboa Activity Center is offering a temporary relief shelter, meals, showers, beds, and pets allowed. Located at 2111 Pan American Plaza.
  3. Lincoln High School - 4777 Imperial Ave


Community-based organizations in Southeastern San Diego have compiled a resource list for those impacted by the floods:

Alert San Diego - Report Damage 

City of San Diego - Flooding & Road Closures



Coronado - Limit of 10 free sandbags

  • Bandel Park - 1000 J Ave (located on Alameda & 10th St)

San Diego - Limit of 10 free sandbags

  • Pacific Beach Recreation Center - 1405 Diamond St
  • North Clairemont Recreation Center - 4421 Bannock Ave
  • Robb Athletic Field - 2525 Bacon St
  • Golden Hill Recreation Center - 2600 Golf Course Dr
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center - 6401 Skyline Dr
  • Scripps Ranch Recreation Center - 11454 Blue Cypress Dr
  • Standley Recreation Center - 3585 Governor Dr
  • Allied Gardens Recreations Center - 5155 Greenbrier Ave
  • San Ysidro Community Activity Center - 179 Diza Rd
  • Southcrest Recreation Center - 4149 Newton Ave
  • City Heights Recreation Center - 4380 Landis St

Carlsbad - Limited supply of unfilled sandbags

  • Fire Station 3 - 3465 Trailblazer Way
  • Fire Station 4 - 6885 Batiquitos Dr
  • Fire Station 6 - 7201 Rancho Santa Fe Rd

Encinitas - Limit of 10 free sandbags

  • Public Works Facility - 160 Calle Magdalena


  • Non-Emergency number: 619-531-2000
  • Life Threatening Emergencies: 9-1-1
  • Sign Up for AlertSanDiego: Text 'HELP' to 98266 to get safety information delivered directly to your phone.
  • Flood Recovery Resources: 2-1-1
  • For help with cleanup, contact the San Diego Flooding Home Cleanup Hotline at 619-333-1450.
  • City of San Diego residents: If you are still in your home and have not been helped with a hotel voucher, contact the Mayor’s Office:
    Korral Taylor 619-236-6330; taylork@sandiego.gov 
  • Residents living outside of the City of San Diego, contact the County of San Diego:
    Andrea Rodriguez 858-833-5515; andrea.rodriguez1@sdcountyca.gov
  • FEMA Helpline: 1-800-621-3362 
    7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (in your time zone), 7 days a week. Hours may be longer during high disaster activity.

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For many years, CSDBCC has been at the forefront of empowering San Diego’s underrepresented small business community, offering tailored business advising, facilitating access to critical resources, and spearheading grant programs. Our commitment to serving and uplifting local businesses extends beyond just financial support; we strive to provide a culturally aware, inclusive approach that resonates with the diverse fabric of our community.

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A disabled veteran, minority small business that provides high quality smoked meats to the community of Chula Vista. What separates us from others is we are a family owned and operated business, a symbol of unity, power, and resilience. Our BBQ has its roots in Texas and that’s how we like it, low and slow and sauce on the side.

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Providing craft beers of great quality and flavor to each patron in a comfortable and inviting setting. A place where locals and surrounding area residents can gather together and enjoy good company in a relaxed atmosphere.

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