Tuesday, October 23, 2007

California Burning In The Winds - Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for California

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The President today declared an emergency 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 October 21, 2007, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, and lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Michael J. Hall as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

(From press release by The White House - Office of the Press Secretary)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Coordinates Response to California Wildfires

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Federal Emergency Management Agency is working side-by-side with state officials and other federal partners engaged in the response to the multiple wildfires burning across southern California. The President today issued an emergency disaster declaration for California and ordered greater federal aid to supplement state and local response activities in the affected areas.

FEMA Administrator David Paulison said federal resources began mobilizing as early as Sunday, October 21, and authorized federal funds to reimburse the state for certain costs incurred under FEMA's Fire Management Assistance Grant Program.
Read More at FEMA.gov

Info and photo from the Homeland Security website
Photo is a FEMA News Photo taken by Kevin Galvin

* More Information on California Wildfires
About above photo: San Diego County residents take refuge in the Sports Warehouse Gym on Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., October 23, 2007. Naval facilities throughout Navy Region Southwest have opened their gates to provide food, shelter and supplies to families of service members, thousands of whom have been displaced by the wildfires that are devastating Southern California.
DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac, U.S. Navy
The USAToday.com website put this report out around 3:50pm CDT...

As a dozen fires raged along the coast of Southern California Tuesday for a third day, San Diego County took the brunt of the wind-whipped fury that is driving more than a half million people into makeshift shelters, including 10,000 evacuees huddled in QualComm stadium... The wildfires, driven by fierce Santa Ana winds at gusts up to 70 mph, have burned more than 1,300 homes and businesses and 373,000 acres, or 583 square miles...
Read story in full at link below...
Calif. fires force more than 500,000 from homes
TheGate.NationalJournal.com website put out this report around 3:49pm CDT... Southern California is still waiting for the worst to be over as firefighters battle roaring blazes across seven counties and about 350,000 households have been relocated out of harm's way. Two people have been killed in the wildfires, and 18 firefighters have been injured, several by severe burns...
Firefighters Battle Calif. Blazes; Debate Begins
DC-10 Fire Tanker Drops Phos-Chek on California Fire

About Video: A converted DC-10 passenger jet makes a drop on a wildfire.
Video post on LiveLeak by: CriticalThinker
I will post more on this terrible story over the next few days. But for now... God’s speed to all of those who are helping in the effort to fight these terrible... ongoing fires.

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