Displaced families and businesses – Help is on the way



Gary Wyatt
Gary Wyatt voted aye for declaring Brawley a disaster.


(August 29, 2012 ,  Brawley) – The city of Brawley Tuesday night passed a resolution proclaiming a local emergency which triggered the board of supervisors to follow suit on Wednesday morning. This opens up state money to help Brawley, local businesses, and families who suffered damages from Sunday’s earthquake swarms.

Fifty six families are known to be displaced and if an apartment complex in Brawley does not pass state inspection, all those families will be added to the list as they will be forced to evacuate.

Several businesses in Brawley have not reopened due to damages and National Beef has been closed since Sunday as they do a complete inspection of the plant.

The county held a press conference immediately after the board convened to let the people know to not put any money down for repairs if they plan on asking for state reimbursement. There is one way only to get reimbursed by the state and or county and that is to fill out the proper forms first. There are qualifications that need to be met such as economic levels and residency in the mobile homes. A down payment or a contract signed nullifies state help.

Businesses also need to follow the state procedure to secure financial aid from the government.

To help businesses, farmers, and residents of Brawley and any other person in the valley affected by the quakes, there will be station set up at the Teen Center of Brawley directly north of the Lions Center. The Imperial Valley Disaster Recovery Team(IVDRT), a coalition of community members, businesses, non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations, will help set up a local assistance center or work shop on Friday and Saturday, August 31 and September 1) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be over 18 agencies from small business association, to mental health, to IV housing authority to help with forms, and any needs they encounter.

The address to the Teen Center is 220 Magnolia Avenue.

The board also wanted to reach any agriculture related business that has not turned in damages to do so as soon as possible. The grace period is rapidly approaching to be eligible for reimbursement for agricultural losses.

IVDRT is also looking for monetary donations to help displaced families.