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

December 7, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Today, $11.2 million in housing and other disaster-related assistance is in the hands of Southern Californians who live in the disaster-designated counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
December 7, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Rainfall predicted for Southern California?s fire-stripped mountains poses a further threat to lives and property in the form of devastating flooding and mudflows, emergency officials warn. Rainfall in San Diego averages an inch in December and more than 2 inches per month in January, February and March. In Los Angeles, each winter month typically brings more than 3 inches of rain.
December 6, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Experience teaches; but only if we pay attention. Recent events in California have underscored the value of a flood insurance policy underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Millions of homes and businesses throughout America and more than 267,000 in California are now insured under the program. Tens of millions more are uninsured and susceptible to flooding. Californians who purchase flood insurance pay an average annual premium of $628 for a replacement cost policy averaging $231,000 of coverage.
December 6, 2007
News Release
OAKLAND, Calif. -- FEMA Region 9 Administrator Nancy Ward, a California resident responsible for emergency response efforts throughout nine western states and Pacific territories, has received one of the Department of Homeland Security's highest awards for her work during the recent Southern California wildfires. Ward was honored with the Secretary's Award for Excellence, which recognizes outstanding individual achievement or innovation by an employee engaged in work to advance the mission of the Department of Homeland Security.
December 6, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- In California, the three most important keys to preserving value in real estate are location, location and mitigation. Mitigation is the ten-dollar word that describes a billion-dollar need?strengthening property against future natural disasters such as wildfire and floods.
December 5, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in El Cajon at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway will become a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) this Saturday, Dec. 8. The DRC will close on Fri., Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and re-open as a DLOC on Sat., Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. with hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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