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Disaster relief becomes available

Disaster assistance has been made available for Alameda, El Dorado, Nevada and Shasta counties as a result of the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that occurred Dec. 17, 2005, and Jan. 3, 2006, Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency stated in a media release Friday.

Davies said the counties were added to the list of eligible jurisdictions based on a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.

“We appreciate that the federal government has responded quickly to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request to add these counties to the disaster declaration, State Coordinating Officer Henry Renteria, director of the Governor Offices of Emergency Services, stated in the release.

Davies said that stricken residents and business owners in El Dorado, Nevada and Shasta counties are now eligible to register for temporary disaster housing assistance. U. S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans are available for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to repair or replace real or personal property and other business assets, and grants are available to help meet serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.

There are two ways to begin the application process. Individuals may call FEMA’s toll-free number, (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Residents with Internet access may register on the agency’s Web site at http://www.fema.gov, where additional recovery information is also available.

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