California Wildfires (DR-1731)

Incident period: October 21, 2007 to March 31, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 24, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 12, 2008
News Release
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- A valuable classroom project to teach emergency preparedness to elementary school children was presented in the Poway Unified School District today.  The hands-on course, called FEMA for Kids, was shared with fourth graders at Painted Rock Elementary School by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and several preparedness partners. The message FEMA brought to school is "Be aware-prepare."  The kids got it.
February 8, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- A new classroom project to teach emergency preparedness to elementary school children was unveiled in the Los Angeles Unified School District today.? The course was presented to fourth graders at Frank Del Olmo Elementary School by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The message FEMA brought to school is "Be aware-prepare."? The kids got it and now they can take the message back to their homes and neighborhoods.
January 30, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- "Okay, Alex, I'll take mitigation for $200." You've probably not heard anyone ask Alex Trebek that particular question in the 24 years he's hosted Jeopardy on TV.? The show's producers could do viewers a big favor if they put the category up on the big board.? Not waiting for Alex, Southern Californians are doing their own research with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of California to learn how mitigation can help them.
January 28, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Three months after wildfires raged through Southern California, state and federal disaster assistance has reached nearly $140 million to help pay for firefighting, debris removal and other response and recovery efforts. Here is a summary of funding since the Oct. 24, 2007, presidential disaster declaration:
January 24, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- For years, Crestline, California resident Katherine Gigandet and her trained service dog, Pilot, have volunteered to help others.? Among her many projects is a prison program she developed that allowed inmates to train and socialize dogs so they would be suitable for adoption.? Pilot, her border collie, was the first dog to participate.
January 16, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif.?-- Fire-resistant building materials, proper screening against embers, correct defensible space and adequate insurance coverage top the list of subjects explored by California residents in the first five weeks after wildfires destroyed hundreds of home.? Nearly 23,000 residents discussed fire-proofing with rebuilding experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in disaster assistance centers and home improvement stores in Southern California.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • California, FEMA-1731-DR (PDF 49KB)
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