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California Earthquake (DR-1505)

Incident period: December 22, 2003 to February 06, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 13, 2004


March 17, 2004 - News Release

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Federal and state disaster aid totaling $20.1 million has been approved for individuals and business owners in San Luis Obispo County to date, according to officials of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the federal and state agencies coordinating in the San Simeon Earthquake recovery effort

March 16, 2004 - News Release

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -? Officials with the state and federal agencies coordinating San Simeon earthquake recovery efforts today reminded Central Coast residents that accurate and timely information on what has happened and what they should do in the minutes and early hours after an earthquake or another emergency is a key to helping ensure their safety.

March 12, 2004 - News Release

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- During earthquakes, propane tanks can break free of their supporting legs. When a tank falls, there is always a danger of a fire or an explosion. Even when a tank remains on its legs, its supply line can be ruptured. Escaping gas can then cause a fire. Similar problems can occur with smaller, compressed gas cylinders, which are often stored inside a house or garage.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 3,415 $8,134,432.06 $7,834,700.93 $299,731.13
Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 05:04 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $46,162,241.18 $4,499,715.72 $40,506,647.12
Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 05:56 (Updated daily)

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Paso Robles, CA January 25, 2004 -- Structures and a vehicle damaged in downtown Paso Robles in the 6.5 San Simeon Earthquake. FEMA Photo/Dane Golden Atascadero, CA January 25, 2004 -- This home slid two feet off its foundation due to the 6.5 San Simeon Earthquake. Photo by Dane Golden / FEMA News Photo