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

December 5, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster, like the November wildfires, can be a daunting task. But with the right suggestions, homeowners can build back smarter and stronger. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation specialists will be on-hand at local building supply stores to provide information about ways to rebuild that can reduce the risk of future wildfires and other potential disaster events.
December 5, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Californians who have applied for federal-state assistance to recover from the November wildfires have three days to keep in mind, depending on their claim situations. "There are 60 days from the date of the disaster declaration when applicants can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance," said Mark Neveau, federal coordinating officer. "The registration deadline for this wildfire recovery is January 20, 2009."
December 4, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Californians who receive Social Security benefits and other benefits should not be concerned that applying for, or receiving, federal or state disaster-related financial assistance for the wildfires would reduce their monthly benefit. "A federal or state disaster-assistance grant is not taxable income," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Neveau. "This means that receiving disaster aid will not affect Social Security benefits."
December 3, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Californians are well aware of the dangers from wildfires. To minimize damages from future wildfires and other events like flooding and mudslides, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing disaster mitigation specialists at displays in two Lowe's hardware stores beginning Thursday, December 4.
December 1, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- People who receive federal and state disaster grants must follow the letter -- the letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the state of California that explains how to use disaster funds. Grants are tax free and are not a loan. They do not have to be repaid. They are not counted as income for welfare or other federal and state benefit programs, and they cannot be garnished. Grants must be used as intended. "Every recipient receives a letter that outlines how the money can be spent," said Mark Neveau, federal coordinating officer.
December 1, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif.? -- The Sylmar Local Assistance Center (LAC) transitions to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 2. The Sylmar DRC will be located in a smaller gymnasium of the current LAC site. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Address: Sylmar Recreation Center 13109 Borden Avenue Sylmar, Calif.

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