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 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.”
November 29, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- In Southern California, decades of post-fire broadcast seeding over hundreds of thousands of acres have provided land managers and researchers with many examples to observe and study, and they have learned a surprising lesson: post-fire seeding on steep mountain slopes in Southern California doesn’t work very well.
November 26, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) are partnering with more than twenty local, state and federal agencies to find solutions to ongoing issues related to the California Wildfires and the recovery effort. FEMA and OES facilitate the Multi-Agency Support Group (MASG) to identify inter-agency and multi-jurisdictional issues and to resolve them quickly and efficiently.
November 26, 2003
News Release
Rebuild Safer, Stronger, Smarter PASADENA, Calif. -- Mitigation specialists from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will show customers at Home Depot stores in San Diego County ways to rebuild safer, stronger and smarter. People affected by recent Southern California wildfires who go to Home Depot to get materials for rebuilding can learn about mitigation techniques they can use to help reduce future damage from disastrous wildfires.
November 25, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Residents of Southern California whose work was interrupted by the recent wildfires and who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits have until December 1, 2003, to apply for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), state and federal disaster-assistance officials (FEMA) announced today.
November 24, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- More than $58 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been disbursed to five fire-stricken Southern California counties since the federal disaster declaration in October, disaster recovery officials reported today.

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