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 24, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif.? -- Individuals and businesses desiring to donate in-kind products to wildfire survivors may do so with an online system that cuts out "the middle man." In-kind products, tangible goods and services, are matched directly with appropriate private nonprofit organizations through the Governor's Office of Emergency Services website: www.oes.ca.gov. Click on the link titled: How To Donate. California uses the national nonprofit Aidmatrix Network, which is partially funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
November 22, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The federal disaster declaration for the wildfires that began Friday, November 13, 2008, opens the door for recovery assistance for residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Santa Barbara counties, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES). Disaster assistance may include:
November 21, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- California residents in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Santa Barbara counties who suffered wildfire damages to their residences can register for federal and state disaster assistance and get claims help with the same toll-free number: 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) (TTY 800-462-7585).
November 21, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- People who are not U.S. citizens may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from the California wildfires this month. Non-citizens who are "qualified aliens" are eligible for FEMA assistance.? That includes those who have a legal permanent resident card ("green card") and those with legal resident status because of asylum, refugee status, parole status, suspension of deportation status or status as victims of domestic violence.
November 21, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif.? -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has positioned a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) in Santa Barbara. Earlier this week, FEMA deployed MDRCs to LACs in Anaheim Hills and Sylmar. Santa Barbara residents who suffered damages to their residences from the recent wildfires can go to the LAC to have their recovery questions answered by FEMA, state and local agency representatives and consultants from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
November 18, 2008
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that a major disaster exists in the state of California and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by wildfires beginning on November 13, 2008, and continuing. FEMA Administrator David Paulison said federal funding is available to affected individuals in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Santa Barbara counties.

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