FEMA OPENS CENTER TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE.
SANTA CLARITA - A federal agency is opening an emergency assistance center today for Los Angeles County residents who suffered losses as a result of the January rainstorms.
The center operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road.
Residents and business owners were advised to begin the disaster application process by registering online at http://www.fema.gov or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362), or (800) 462-7585 the hearing and speech impaired.
The toll-free telephone numbers will be answered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
``It's important that they call that number so that they are entered into the system,'' said Bob Hauter, senior deputy for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. ``It's also important because right now, Castaic will be the only site, but if they receive a spike of calls from other areas, they may open a satellite office in that area.''
In the Antelope Valley and surrounding foothills, storms in late December and early January sent water and mud into homes in Quartz Hill, Elizabeth Lake and Green Valley.
President George W. Bush's disaster declaration covers damage to private and public property from severe storms, flooding, debris flows and mudslides that occurred from Dec. 27 through Jan. 11 in Los Angeles, Kern and other California counties.
Aid to residents can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
In addition, FEMA officials said federal funds will be provided for the state, counties and cities to pay 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged facilities. The funding also covers state and local government costs for debris removal and emergency services related to the storms.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Feb 10, 2005|
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