California Severe Freeze (DR-1267)

Incident period: December 20, 1998 to December 28, 1998
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 9, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 14, 1999
News Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Effective immediately, Disaster Service Centers (DSCs) providing freeze assistance will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. In Kern County, DSCs in Delano and Lamont will be open from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Disaster Service Centers in Hanford (Kings County), Orange Cove (Fresno County), and Delano and Lamont (Kern County), will also be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Freeze victims may apply for disaster housing assistance by calling:
April 2, 1999
News Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Additional assistance programs have been added to the Presidential disaster declaration arising from December's severe freeze, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES). Presidentially declared counties now include Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Tulare and Ventura. Freeze-relief efforts in all eight declared counties have been expanded to include temporary disaster housing, crisis counseling, food stamps, and food commodities.
March 19, 1999
News Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Ventura County has been added to the Presidential disaster declaration arising from December's severe freeze, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Ventura is the eighth county to be designated under President Clinton's freeze disaster declaration of Feb. 9, 1999. The other counties are: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, and Tulare.
March 15, 1999
News Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) announced that as of March 13, more than 2,500 applications for Mortgage and Rental Assistance (MRA) had been received from freeze victims through the teleregistration number. Applicants are encouraged to call the following toll-free number as soon as possible: Mortgage and Rental Assistance 1-800-745-0243 TDD - 1-800-660-8005 Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., California Time
March 5, 1999
News Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- STARTING ON MONDAY, MARCH 8, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will accept applications for Mortgage and Rental Assistance (MRA) from individuals who have been affected by the recent freeze. People residing or working in the seven declared California counties may apply for MRA by calling 1-800-745-0243. Persons wishing to apply in person for additional programs may visit one of 17 Disaster Service Centers (DSCs) operating in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, and Tulare counties.
February 25, 1999
News Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that additional benefits will be available to help people in seven California counties affected by last December's severe freeze. The additional program, administered by FEMA in close coordination with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, will include mortgage and rental assistance (MRA) designed to prevent the eviction of homeowners or renters because of income loss related to the severe freeze of Dec. 20 - 28.

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