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 12, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, CA - Homeowners, renters, and business owners who sustained damage in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, and Ventura counties as a result of firestorms in those areas can register for disaster assistance by telephone. "It only takes about 15 minutes to begin the process of providing information needed to complete each application," said William Carwile of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who is the Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster recovery effort.
November 12, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, CA -- Federal and state assistance for five fire-stricken Southern California counties has exceeded $30 million in two weeks.More than 13,000 people have registered for aid since fire swept through Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties in October.
November 11, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, CA -- Homeowners, renters, and business owners who sustained losses as a result of the recent Southern California fires can find assistance through a wide range of state and federal programs, according to state and federal disaster officials. Residents can apply for assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's FEMA's toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Hearing and speech impaired individuals can call TTY at 1-800-462-7585. FEMA representatives are available between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, to take the calls.
November 10, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, CA - Authorized inspectors are in the field verifying damages to homes and businesses caused by the recent wildfires in Southern California, state and federal disaster officials said today.
November 8, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, CA -- Registration hours will change Monday, November 10, for people applying for state and federal disaster assistance, officials said today. The toll-free registration line, 1-800-621-3362, will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time seven days a week. The TTY number for speech- and hearing-impaired individuals is 1-800-462-7585. People who suffered damage during the Southern California Wildfires can register for a wide range of federal, state, and voluntary disaster assistance programs
November 8, 2003
News Release
Pasadena, CA -- Local, state, and federal disaster officials have realigned the number and operating hours of Local Assistance Centers and established new multi-agency Disaster Recovery Centers to meet the ever-changing needs of the public. Since the first Local Assistance Centers opened on October 29, more than 11,000 individuals have registered for assistance totaling more than $19 million.

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