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 5, 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) are working to identify the small percentage of disaster assistance applicants who try to cash in on the misfortune of others. "Managing a multi-million dollar disaster program always means walking a fine line between bringing speedy service to those who need it and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are not misused," said Dallas Jones, OES director and state coordinating officer.
February 3, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Federal and state disaster aid totaling $4.6 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 2, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Inspectors authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) are in the field verifying damages to homes and businesses caused by the San Simeon earthquake on December 22, 2003.
February 2, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) are making free legal services available to residents of San Luis Obispo County who were affected by the San Simeon earthquake, which was declared a federal disaster on January 13, and who have insufficient resources to secure adequate legal services on their own. Volunteer lawyers, who are members of the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, will be available through a Disaster Legal Services Hotline to answer legal questions.
January 30, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials today urge homeowners, renters and business owners who have applied for federal and state assistance due to losses in the December 22, 2003, San Simeon earthquake to take advantage of services available at the Disaster Recovery Centers located in Atascadero, Paso Robles, Cambria, Oceano and Morro Bay.
January 30, 2004
News Release
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Federal and state disaster officials urge individuals in San Luis Obispo County whose work was interrupted by the San Simeon earthquake on December 22, 2003, and who are not eligible for or have exhausted regular unemployment benefits to apply for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

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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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