California Wildfires (DR-1810)

Incident period: November 13, 2008 to November 28, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 18, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

January 2, 2009
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Federal and state assistance topped $13.6 million in 2008 for residents who suffered in the November wildfires in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Santa Barbara counties. Assistance is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because of the presidential major disaster declaration. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the California Department of Social Services also are providing assistance.
December 30, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- A free hotline is open to provide a variety of legal services to those affected by the Southern California wildfires. The service is provided by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association in conjunction with the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and the State Bar of California, with some funding by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The toll-free number, 1-888-500-9219, is staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. However, it will not operate on New Year's Day.
December 23, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) telephone registration service for the California wildfires disasters will be closed on Christmas and New Year's days. During the rest of the holiday period, telephone registration, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., including Saturdays and Sundays. The TTY number is?1-800-462-7585. Online registration is available anytime, including holidays, at
December 19, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The recent winter rains are an urgent reminder to Californians living in flood-threatened areas that they can reduce future financial losses from flooding by buying flood insurance.
December 18, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- California homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damages in the November wildfires have only one month left to apply for disaster assistance, said state and federal officials. "January 20, 2009, is the last day applications will be accepted for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual Assistance program," said Mark Neveau, federal coordinating officer. Loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses to real and personal property must be submitted by January 21, 2009.
December 17, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Two U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) in Anaheim and Santa Barbara and the federal-state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Sylmar are closing Friday and reopening mid-January as DLOCs, disaster recovery officials said.


Main Content

Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • California, FEMA-1810-DR (PDF 23KB)
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