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Public and Media Affairs Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2005

MEDIA CONTACT:   Maurice Luque
(619) 533-4418

Federal Agency Makes Financial Assistance Available to City and County Residents Affected by Recent Winter Storms

SAN DIEGO - Officials from the City and County of San Diego today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has determined that individual financial assistance (PDF: 38K) will be made available for storm damage that occurred from December 27, 2004 through January 11, 2005.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in the region can begin the disaster application process by registering online at http://www.fema.gov/ or by calling toll free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll free lines are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Information is also posted on the City of San Diego's website (www.sandiego.gov) and the County of San Diego's website (www.sdcounty.ca.gov/oes). The deadline for filing an application for individual assistance is May 15, 2005.

It was also announced today that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proclaimed a State of Emergency for San Diego and six other counties in the state for the second storm period that occurred from February 19, 2005 through February 27, 2005. Local City and County officials says the governor's action clears the way for them to seek a Presidential Declaration for emergency assistance for the second storm period - potentially resulting in additional financial assistance and reimbursement to local governments and individuals for storm damage.

Editors please note: Augie Ghio, City of San Diego Homeland Security Director, will be available for interviews tomorrow, March 18. Please call to schedule interview.

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