$11.2 Million In The Hands Of California Wildfire Victims

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December 7, 2007
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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.

Individual assistance is available for disaster victims in the counties listed above. Public assistance grants also will be made available to state, county and local governments for emergency work such as debris removal and reimbursement for protective measures. President Bush amended the Oct. 24 declaration on Nov. 8 to allow the counties of Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego to apply for additional assistance for work such as road repair, public utilities, public buildings, and public parks.

  • Disaster assistance summary:
    • $8 million - Housing assistance grants for rental expenses, home repair or replacement.    
    • $3.2 million - Other needs assistance grants for losses and damage to personal property; vehicle repair or replacement; moving expenses; and other disaster-related costs.
    • $1.6 million - Approved California State Supplemental Grants for those who have received the maximum grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
    • $47.8 million - Approved SBA low-interest loans.

  • 18,394 Californians have registered for state and federal disaster assistance online at www.fema.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Currently phone lines are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Beginning Monday, Dec. 10 the hours change to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday.

  • The deadline to apply for federal and state disaster assistance is Jan. 9, 2008. Those who have registered are reminded to call FEMA or go online at: www.fema.gov/assistance/process/update_assistance.shtm to report any changes in personal or insurance information and check the status of their application.

  • 7,958 FEMA inspections have been completed in the disaster-designated counties.

  • 14,408 people have visited assistance centers seeking disaster assistance and mitigation information in English and many Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and other languages as needed. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives are onsite to assist with loan applications for homeowners, renters and business owners.

  • 18,706 residents, 6,023 businesses, and 1,994 other organizations and agencies have received disaster assistance information from FEMA's community relations specialists.

  • Crisis counseling for wildfire victims is available. Those who may be feeling overwhelmed as a result of the wildfires or need disaster-related counseling may call the hotline number for their county:

    Los Angeles   (800) 854-7771
    Orange   (866) 830-6011
    Riverside   (800) 706-7500
    San Bernardino  (888) 743-1478
    San Diego   (800) 479-3339  
    Santa Barbara  (888) 868-1649
    Ventura   (800) 671-0887  

  • People living or working in the seven disaster-designated counties whose jobs were affected by the California wildfires may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from the California State Employment Development Department. The deadline to apply is Jan. 9, 2008.

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