California Earthquake (DR-1505)

Incident period: December 22, 2003 to February 6, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 13, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 13, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Individuals, homeowners, and business owners affected by the San Simeon earthquake of December 22, 2003, who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance have four more weeks to apply. March 15, 2004, is the last day to file an application for most disaster assistance programs, according to officials of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 10, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Initial application deadlines loom this week for two programs available to local agencies, state agencies, Indian tribes, and private, nonprofit organizations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in the wake of the December 22 San Simeon earthquake. “By law, agencies have until Thursday, February 12, to submit their application to participate in the public assistance program,” said Peter Martinasco of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Martinasco is the federal coordinating officer for the earthquake recovery effort.
February 10, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise individuals who had property destroyed or damaged by the San Simeon earthquake to be careful when they hire contractors to clean up or rebuild their homes and businesses. "Contractors will play a major role in helping residents and business owners recover from the December 22, 2003, earthquake, said Federal Coordinating Officer Peter Martinasco of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "However, scam artists occasionally masquerade as legitimate contractors in the wake of a disaster."
February 9, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Federal and state disaster aid totaling $6.9 million has been approved for individuals and business owners in San Luis Obispo County to date, according to officials of the federal and state agencies engaged in the San Simeon Earthquake recovery effort. These agencies include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
February 6, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) have announced that the Disaster Recovery Centers in Oceano, Morro Bay, and Cambria will close during the upcoming week. "The centers at Atascadero and Paso Robles will continue to serve residents who suffered losses during the San Simeon earthquake of December 22, 2003," said Peter Martinasco of FEMA, federal coordinating officer for the San Simeon earthquake disaster.
February 6, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif -- Individuals living in San Luis Obispo County, California, who may have property losses and damages because of the San Simeon earthquake should apply for federal and state programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES). The programs are available to all people who qualify regardless of race, sex, religion, color or national origin. Following are some commonly asked questions. Who is eligible?

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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

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