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

November 28, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that Californians who suffered losses from the wildfires are approved for more than $1.43 million in disaster assistance, so far. Approximately $1.2 million of that amount is in the hands of applicants.
November 28, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- A Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) comprised of federal, state, local and private nonprofit agencies has formed to address the needs of wildfire survivors in Los Angeles County. Among the committee's concerns is the loss of durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and walkers, experienced by many seniors impacted by the Sayre wildfire, LTRC officials said.
November 28, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Disaster assistance for local governments of Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Barbara counties that suffered wildfire damage has been expanded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
November 26, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Californians who have applied for disaster assistance following the wildfires and have received a denial letter should not be alarmed. Every homeowner who has insurance will get a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denial letter if their insurance claim isn't settled. FEMA cannot provide assistance for temporary housing, home repairs or replacement which is available from another source, including insurance. But FEMA may be able to assist with losses not covered in an insurance policy.
November 25, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif.? -- State and federal officials are warning California wildfire disaster survivors to be aware of telephone scams and other fraudulent activity during this disaster recovery effort. "It is imperative for residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Santa Barbara counties to be wary of those who are trying to profit from this disaster," said State Coordinating Officer Tom Maruyama. "We encourage all citizens to report suspicious behavior to police." Here are some tips to avoid being a victim of a scam:
November 25, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Disaster assistance centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and resume normal operations Friday, November 28. Orange County: Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the East Anaheim Community Center, 8201 East Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, Calif., in the Eucalyptus Room. Normal hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday until further notice.

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