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Impacted by the atmospheric river storms in California? The ARA Foundation can help

By Connie Lannan

February 11, 2024

Another atmospheric river storm system severely impacted California last week, resulting in Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a state of emergency on Sunday, Feb. 4, for various counties, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura, where floodwaters and mudslides swept over roadways.

As reported by Reuters, extreme-weather advisories for floods, high winds and winter storm conditions were posted Monday, Feb. 5, across parts of the state. Plus, “almost a foot of rain was measured over a 24-hour period on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).”

Los Angeles has had at least 475 mudslides, according to the Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Three people have died from being struck by fallen trees, according to ABC News.

If your rental store or employees have been severely impacted by these storms, know that the ARA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Grants are here to assist.

Two types of grants are available:

Business Disaster Relief Grants offer between $500 and $2,500. They are designed to help rental businesses rebuild.

Employee Disaster Relief Grants range from $500 to $2,000. They can help employees get back on their feet. Business owners must apply for these grants on behalf of their employees.

For more information on these services or to donate to the ARA Foundation, click here.

For questions, contact Jill Peterson, program manager for the ARA Foundation and Government Affairs, at, or 800-334-2177, ext. 254.