Colorado Wildfires (DR-1421)

Incident period: April 23, 2002 to August 6, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 19, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 6, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- Federal and state disaster officials urge people to take extra precautions when returning to homes, apartments or businesses after a fire or evacuation. "The dangers are not over just because the fire is contained," said State Coordinating Officer Tommy Grier. "Fire damage can cause such hazards as exposed wires, gas leaks or a weakened foundation, which are not always obvious but can be life-threatening. We urge people to be very careful."
July 5, 2002
News Release
Colorado received a federal disaster declaration June 19 because of wildfires burning throughout the state. The declaration covers 56 counties and two Indian reservations. All areas were designated for the Individual Assistance Program, which provides assistance to eligible households and businesses in the form of grants or low-interest loans. To date, 1,743 residents and businesses have registered for disaster
July 5, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- In the midst of one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in memory, federal and state resources are in place to assist La Plata County in battling the fires and recovering from their effects. On June 19, President Bush issued a federal disaster declaration for 56 counties and two Indian reservations in Colorado, making a number of disaster assistance programs available. Assistance may be available for those who suffered damage to their home or business as well as those displaced during evacuations.
July 5, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- A federal/state disaster recovery team is coming to Castle Rock in conjunction with the Hayman Recovery Assistance Center. The center is located at: Plum Creek Center 714C S. Perry St. Castle Rock, CO The recovery team, staffed with representatives from the state of Colorado and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be available starting Monday, July 8. Representatives will be on hand daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.
July 3, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- Residents who sustained losses or damage as a result of the recent wildfires have only three more days to visit the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center in Glenwood Springs, federal and state disaster recovery officials reminded residents today. "The Disaster Recovery Center will be operating 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, July 6," said Tommy Grier, state coordinating officer.
July 2, 2002
News Release
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance protection against losses from flooding. The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Flood damage is not covered by standard homeowners insurance policies. Flood insurance can be purchased through your local insurance agent. NFIP is sold through private insurance companies and backed by

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