California Wildfires (DR-1498)

Incident period: October 21, 2003 to March 31, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 27, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 7, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Six months after deadly firestorms ravaged sections of Southern California, federal and state officials have approved more than $317 million to help residents, business owners, local government agencies and non-profit organizations recover from the wildfires and prepare for future disasters.
April 29, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced $1.5 million in public assistance funding to the County of San Diego for eligible costs incurred in the Right of Way Debris Removal Bin program. “It is important to understand that when fire overwhelms the state’s ability to cover the costs of cleaning up after these blazes, there are programs to provide the necessary assistance,” said Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response Michael D. Brown.
April 21, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced more than $1.2 million in public assistance funding to the California Highway Patrol for eligible costs incurred while providing emergency protective measures to save lives and protect health and safety during the recent Southern California wildfires.
April 12, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced $30 million in public assistance funding to the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CDF) for eligible costs incurred to fight the recent Southern California wildfires. Under FEMA’s Public Assistance program, state and local governments, Native American tribes, and certain private non-profit organizations in the disaster-designated counties may be eligible for assistance in paying for costs incurred in the disaster.
April 7, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced more than $3.6 million in public assistance funding to the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for eligible costs incurred to repair power transmission lines damaged by the recent Southern California wildfires.
April 1, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Applicants who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for state and federal assistance resulting from the Southern California wildfires or the San Bernardino Mudflows, floods and debris flows and have questions about the status of their applications can call the toll-free FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Beginning April 5, the new hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The TTY number for speech- and hearing-impaired individuals is 1-800-462-7585. The registration period ended Jan.

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