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Published:November 20th, 2018 21:27 EST
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Donald J. Trump Administration Is Providing Support to Fight the California Wildfires and Help Those Affected

By SOP newswire3

SUPPORTING CALIFORNIA: President Donald J. Trump is offering full support to California during their response to the wildfires.

  • President Trump is traveling to California to meet with individuals affected by the wildfires.
  • The President recently spoke with Gov. Jerry Brown to offer his full support and the Administration continues to be in close contact with State and local officials.
  • President Trump issued Major Disaster and Emergency Declarations to provide support for California`s response to these wildfires.
    • The declarations cover up to 75 percent of costs incurred by California for removing debris, conducting emergency activities, providing transitional sheltering, and more.
  • The Administration has issued three Fire Management Assistance Grants to support partner States that have deployed resources to the region.
    • These grants reimburse partner States for up to 75 percent of the costs they incur by sending firefighting assets.
  • The Disaster Declarations and Fire Management Assistance Grants also provide funding to the State of California to help mitigate the impacts of future wildfires.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared the California wildfires a public health emergency.
    • This declaration gives Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and their healthcare providers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs created by the wildfires.

DEDICATING RESOURCES: President Trump has deployed Federal resources to help fight the wildfires in California.

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  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service has approximately 590 personnel currently supporting the fight against the Camp and Woolsey fires in California.
    • This includes over 490 personnel to support efforts to fight the Camp fire and over 90 to fight the Woolsey fire.
  • USDA`s Forest Service is making dozens of air resources available, including 23 helicopters, 8 large air tankers, 5 air attack units, 1 night air attack unit, and 1 night helicopter.
  • The Department of the Interior has assigned hundreds of personnel to the Camp and Woolsey fires, as well as 2 helicopters and 10 wildland fire engines.
  • HHS has deployed regional emergency coordinators to support State and local health authorities and the emergency response.

HELPING THE VICTIMS: Federal assistance programs are available to help victims recover from the devastating effects of the wildfires.

  • President Trump is committed to helping wildfire victims make a full recovery.
  • USDA, Small Business Administration, and Federal Emergency Management Agency relief programs are available to provide payments, grants, and loans to wildfire victims.
    • These programs will assist individuals, farmers, and small businesses in their efforts to fully recover from the destruction.
  • President Trump`s Major Disaster Declaration will support efforts to provide wildfire victims with transitional housing.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-administration-providing-support-fight-california-wildfires-help-affected/

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