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Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Announces FEMA Grants to California for Wildfire Response

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Washington, June 18, 2020 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $19 million in funding to California state government offices to support these offices’ efforts during the 2018 wildfire season.  The grants include $9.1 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for emergency protective efforts, another $5.1 million to Cal OES to help manage the Public Assistance Program, and $4.9 million to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for fire suppression measures.  As chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairwoman Roybal-Allard oversees FEMA funding.

“I strongly support FEMA granting more than $19 million to support California’s wildfire response efforts,” said Chairwoman Roybal-Allard.  “With California battling devastating wildfires on a regular basis, strong federal funding is essential to helping our state sustain a comprehensive firefighting response that keeps Californians safe and protects our communities.  In the midst of a health pandemic, it is more important than ever that California’s agencies are prepared to respond to wildfires.  As Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I oversee FEMA funds, and I thank FEMA for providing these grants to California as our state prepares for further wildfires in the coming years.”

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