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

December 24, 2003
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 two more weeks 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 23, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The five Disaster Recovery Centers operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will close one hour earlier on weekdays, starting Friday, December 26, officials of those disaster-response agencies announced today. The new hours of operations for all Disaster Recovery Centers will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.
December 20, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- More than $133 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved for individuals in the five fire-stricken Southern California counties since the federal disaster declaration in October, disaster recovery officials reported today.
December 19, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) toll-free teleregistration numbers and five remaining Disaster Recovery Centers will maintain regular schedules throughout the holiday period, with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Days. “Except for those two Thursdays, December 25th and January 1st, our toll-free numbers and Disaster Recovery Centers will stay in operation,” said FEMA’s William Carwile, III, federal coordinating officer for the Southern California wildfires disaster.
December 18, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Disaster Recovery Center located at the Ramona Old Post Office Building, 325 Sixth Street, Ramona, Calif., will close Saturday, December 20, and will reopen as a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Center on Monday, December 22. The SBA Disaster Center will be located at the Ramona Community Resource Center, Health and Human Services Agency, 1521 Main Street in Ramona.
December 9, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The devastating wildfires that tore through Southern California have left behind more than physical destruction. As people begin to rebuild their homes - and their lives - they must also confront the anguish of losing a home. Children are particularly vulnerable to the stress that follows a natural disaster, and their symptoms may linger much longer than expected, according to mental health experts. Parents should be alert to signs of stress-related troubles and learn how to deal with their children’s fears and unusual behaviors.


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