Washington, DC - "We will do everything in our power to support and protect our fellow citizens in harm’s way." ~ President Donald J. Trump
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.
- 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.