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 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.
December 8, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) announced that the registration period for individuals and business owners affected by the Southern California fires has been extended until January 9, 2004. "Due to the continued volume of enrollment and applicants who are still being found eligible for some level of assistance, the decision was made to extend the deadline," said State Coordinating Officer Dallas Jones of OES.
December 5, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- More than $100 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 3, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Officials from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge people affected by recent Southern California wildfires to include techniques in rebuilding that help prevent or reduce damage from future disastrous wildfires.
December 2, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Post-Fire Advisory Flood Hazard Maps are now available on the Internet at http://www.capostfirefloods.net. “After the fires,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William Carwile III, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “the short-term flood risk in and surrounding the burn areas dramatically increased. These maps are a tool for the general public and local governments to use in determining what their risk might be and what steps they might take to mitigate those risks.”
December 1, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a grant of $844,025 to the California Department of Mental Health for immediate crisis counseling services for victims of the recent Southern California wildfires in the disaster-declared counties. "Losing a home, business, or personal property to disaster takes a financial toll on victims," said William Carwile, III, federal coordinating officer. "But the emotional toll a disaster exacts can be devastating. A victim's emotional recovery also needs to be addressed.”

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