Host Of Federal-State Aid Programs Available 

Release Date: November 22, 2008
Release Number: 1810-007

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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:

How to Apply for Assistance:

If you live in one of the declared counties, you can apply for aid from FEMA, SBA and the state by phone from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To register, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or go online at (TTY 800-462-7585).  Completing the application takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. You don't have to visit a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to register.

Residents registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as: name, permanent address, phone number, Social Security number, insurance coverage and information that helps substantiate losses.

When you register, you will be assigned a nine-digit registration number. Make sure to write down this number and keep it safe. You will need the number to track the progress of your claim with FEMA, but do not disclose the number to others to protect yourself from fraud.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

Last Modified: Monday, 24-Nov-2008 10:13:43