Wildfires in FEMA’s Hands


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President Trump is declaring a state of emergency in California amid raging wildfires.  Federal aid is available to California to supplement state and local efforts. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of California to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by a wildfire beginning on July 23, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in Shasta County. 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, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. 

William Roche has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  


  • ESRI Fire Map Storymap App provides a quick snapshot of the raging fires across the United States and provides context to the severity of the California fires. The interactive map can be explored by panning and zooming. Click on a fire and information about that particular fire is displayed including the start date, containment and links to the latest news and social information.
  • AT&T video customers with an active account and a WiFi or wireless connection can access their DIRECTV or U-verse TV content by downloading the respective mobile app on Google Play for Android Devices or on iTunes for iOS devices.
  • AT&T Donations: Help people affected by disasters big and small. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10

August 1, 2018

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