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

January 16, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- At the request of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the major disaster declaration issued for the Southern California wildfires on Oct. 27 has been amended to include damage from floods, mudflows and debris flows directly related to the wildfires.
January 15, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- As a result of the October presidential disaster declaration for the Southern California wildfires, California is eligible for an estimated $14 million in federal grants designed to reduce or eliminate future damages.
January 9, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Two months after President Bush declared five Southern California counties federal disaster areas, local governments, residents and business owners have made significant strides on the road to recovery.
January 7, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- This Friday, January 9, federal and state disaster recovery centers in San Bernardino and San Diego counties will officially cease operations. As of today, the combined agencies have processed more than 32,000 assistance applications, and approved $152 million in state and federal grants and loans to help victims recover from the devastating losses they suffered as a result of October’s Southern California firestorms.
January 5, 2004
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Individuals and business owners affected by the Southern California fires who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance have only a few more days to apply. January 9, 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).
December 31, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Only one week remains for Southern California firestorm victims to apply for state and federal assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) jointly announced today.

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