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

March 11, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced today that the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $1.9 million grant to the California Department of Mental Health. The grant funds were obligated for continuing crisis-counseling services for victims of the recent Southern California wildfires in the disaster-declared counties.
March 9, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Individuals and business owners affected by the San Bernardino County Christmas Day flooding, mudflows and debris flow directly related to the wildfires have one week to apply for federal and state disaster assistance. March 15, 2004, is the last day to file an application for most disaster assistance programs, according to officials of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 27, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Residents who were affected by the Southern California firestorms and registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prior to January 9, 2004 can still obtain program information on disaster assistance. “Our representatives can answer questions for obtaining additional housing assistance, referrals, delayed insurance settlements or other program information by calling the Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362),” said William Carwile, III, federal coordinating officer for the disaster.
February 13, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- After the October wildfires stripped vegetation from Southern California hillsides ?exposing them to higher risks of flooding, mudflows and debris flows ? the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) swung into action to help local agencies protect damaged watersheds and the neighborhoods below. NRCS was quickly able to provide nearly $700,000 for "urgent and compelling" projects, but delays in additional funding hampered efforts to meet the immediate needs for emergency protective measures.
February 4, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Contractors play a major role in rebuilding fire-ravaged communities in Southern California. They also give local economy a major boost as they construct new homes and businesses. However, scam artists occasionally masquerade as legitimate contractors in the wake of a disaster. They rely on a variety of schemes. For instance, some offer to clear debris and then dump it nearby once they are paid, leaving the homeowner liable for the cleanup. Others may demand a big deposit up front to rebuild a home and later vanish with the money.
February 3, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Three months after deadly firestorms roared through Southern California, federal and state officials have approved more than $218 million to help residents, business owners, local government agencies and non-profit organizations recover from the wildfires and prepare for future disasters. To date, more than 40,500 residents and business owners have registered for aid since the fires swept through Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.


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