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

November 17, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in El Cajon, San Diego County, California, closed permanently on Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m. "The recent decline in the number of applicants for assistance at this Center indicates that the information needs of many victims of the California wildfires here in San Diego County are being met," said William Carwile of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal coordinating officer for the Southern California disaster recovery effort.
November 17, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in the town of Blue Jay near Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County, California, Wednesday, November 19, 2003, to further help individuals and businesses affected by the California wildfires. The DRC, managed by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will include representatives of the California Department of Social Services and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as well as information from other governmental and voluntary agencies.
November 15, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Federal and State agencies are reaching out to Native Americans to assure them that they have the same benefits as others affected in the fires. "Native Americans who live on tribal lands are eligible for the same benefits available to others in the disaster declared counties," said William Carwile, III, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Southern California wildfires. "FEMA works in concert with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agencies to provide services to all those who were affected."
November 14, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Donated goods and volunteers for the California wildfires are in ample supply, state and federal emergency officials reported today. "Because of the generous and wonderful outpouring of donations that have come from every corner of America, additional supplies are not needed at this time," said Dallas Jones, Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES).
November 13, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, CA -- The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) want to ensure a safe place to live for those who have been displaced by the Southern California wildfires. The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) helps renters and homeowners whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed. Types of assistance available include:
November 13, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, Calif. -- More state-federal assistance was promised today for three Southern California counties impacted by autumn wildfires. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that agencies in San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties are now eligible for additional funding under the Public Assistance program to repair infrastructure. Agencies in those counties, plus Los Angeles and Riverside counties, are already eligible for funds to pay for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken during and after the fires.

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