California Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides (DR-1628)

Incident period: December 17, 2005 to January 3, 2006
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 3, 2006

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 17, 2006
News Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- State and federal assistance to Californians affected by the December-January severe storms and flooding has reached more than $12 million, state and federal officials announced today. As of March 15, more than 4,400 people have registered for federal and state assistance online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Both phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The last day to register is April 4, 2006
March 14, 2006
News Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The disaster assistance center in Grass Valley will permanently close its doors at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, state and federal disaster recovery officials announced today. The center, located at 12548 Loma Rica Drive, is staffed by federal, state, local officials and by volunteer agencies that provided information and answered questions for residents who registered for disaster assistance for damage suffered in the December-January flooding.
March 13, 2006
News Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The assistance center in South Lake Tahoe will close March 15, but reopen in the same location as a Nevada County/South Lake Tahoe local assistance facility March 20 through 22, city, county, state and federal disaster recovery officials said today. The assistance center in Placerville -- staffed by federal, state and local officials and by volunteer agencies -- will remain open from March 16 through March 25.
March 13, 2006
News Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Some Californians have expressed concern that state and federal disaster grants might cause them to sacrifice Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs, but state and federal officials say that concern is unfounded. Henry Renteria, state coordinating officer and director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), said "A state or federal grant to individuals does not add to their taxable income, as long as the grant is given as assistance to recover from a disaster."
March 13, 2006
News Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Three federal/state assistance centers in the flood-stricken counties of Marin, Napa and Solano will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Outreach Centers (OC) in Napa, San Anselmo and Vacaville beginning Monday, March 20th. The assistance centers originally were staffed by federal, state and local officials and by volunteer agencies to provide disaster assistance information and to answer questions from residents and business owners who registered for disaster assistance for damages they suffered in the December-January flooding.
March 9, 2006
News Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The registration information that Californians provide when they apply for disaster aid is confidential – it is used only to establish eligibility and prevent duplication of disaster recovery assistance. When victims of this winter’s California flooding call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to register, the interview helps determine what disaster assistance programs they may be considered for. The Privacy Act of 1974 restricts FEMA from sharing the information unless the applicant signs a release allowing it.

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