Federal, State Wildfire Aid Tops $32 Million

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March 5, 2009
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PASADENA, Calif. -- More than $32 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved for the November wildfires in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Santa Barbara counties.

Disaster assistance funding to date:

  • $26,573,800 - Approved U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loans for 247 homeowners, renters and business owners.
  • $2,285,898 - Housing Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for rental expenses, home repair or replacement approved for 297 households.????????????????? ?
  • $698,740 - Other Needs Assistance for serious unmet needs, shared 75 percent by FEMA and the 25 percent by the state of California, for losses and damage to personal property; vehicle repair or replacement; moving expenses; and other disaster-related costs, approved for 262 households.
  • $333,629 - Approved California State Supplemental Grants from the California Department of Social Services for those whose unmet needs exceed the $30,300 maximum grant from FEMA and the state for housing and other needs assistance.
  • $93,827 - Allocated by the U.S. Department of Labor to the California Employment Development Department for individuals unemployed by the wildfires and not eligible for regular unemployment assistance.
  • 2,533 - Southern Californians registered for state and federal disaster assistance. If they have questions, they can get help by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or online at www.fema.gov.
  • $2,879,653 - Obligated by FEMA for the first 47 Public Assistance grant requests to be approved for state agencies, local governments and eligible private non-profit organizations. A total of 263 separate project requests totaling $80 million from 50 separate entities are expected to be submitted for consideration. FEMA funds 75 percent. California pays impacted local governments an additional 18.75 percent. Public Assistance grants reimburse emergency work such as debris removal and protective measures, and permanent work to repair or replace facilities and equipment.

FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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