California Severe Freeze (DR-1689)

Incident period: January 11, 2007 to January 17, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 13, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 5, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The deadline is only a week away for those who lost work because of the January crop freeze to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), according to state and federal officials. Claims may be filed through April 13, 2007. The program provides up to $450 a week for up to 26 weeks.
March 30, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Those who lost work because of January's crop freeze only have two more weeks to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, state and federal officials announced today. The deadline to apply is April 13, 2007. "It's not just workers who lost jobs in the fields," said Justo Hernandez, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "This is for anyone who lost income as a direct result of the freeze. For instance, people laid off at the packing houses or food processing plants."
March 22, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- FEMA announced Thursday, March 22, 2007, that it opened its headquarters in Pasadena for the newly-declared disaster covering job losses from crop freezes in 12 California counties. Justo Hernandez, the federal coordinating officer for FEMA’s recovery operations in the affected areas, said “eight teams of community relations experts were deployed to begin meeting with local and state officials, and farming community organizations in the central and southern California counties affected by the January crop freezes”.
March 13, 2007
News Release
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush's major disaster declaration issued for California. Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required: Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
March 13, 2007
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for California to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe freeze during the period of January 11-17, 2007.

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