The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and residents in certain counties, including Sierra, that were affected by the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides that occurred Jan. 5-14, 2017. If you suffered storm-related damage during this time, you may apply for assistance here. Or by calling SBA at 1-800-659-2955; by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hearing impaired individuals may call 1-800-877-8338. If you incurred storm damage outside of this time period, we need your help collecting information to see if Sierra may be eligible for this type of financial assistance for any other storms. Even if you don’t need financial assistance, please take the time to fill out our damage surveys for Businesses and individual residents to help your neighbors who may. The completed forms may be returned by mail to Sierra County OES, P.O. Box 530, Downieville, CA 95936 or by email to email@example.com.