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Wednesday, 24 October 2007 09:04

The News UpFront (TOP STORY) as of Wednesday, 24 October 2007

President Bush tries to speed up recovery from the fires as he declared San Diego County a federal disaster area. Local authorities lifted evacuation orders in Encinitas and three more communities, including Otay Mesa.


Bush Declares San Diego Federal Disaster Area


SAN DIEGO - President Bush on Wednesday declared a federal disaster in San Diego County, a move that hastens national government assistance to current recovery efforts.

The announcement came just as county authorities lifted mandatory and voluntary evacuation notices in the cities of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach.

Notices were also lifted in the communities of Del Mar Highlands and Carmel Valley (south of city limits, west of Rancho Santa Fe Farms, east of Interstate 5, north of Highway 56). In the South, all evacuation notices were lifted in Otay Mesa.

City of Poway partially reopened

Authorities also said City of Poway assessment teams have determined that the entire city except for the High Valley area is safe for residents to return to their homes.

Escondido re-entry hotline

Evacuated Escondido residents only can call (760) 839-6262 to find out if they are now being allowed to return to their homes.

Residents can get the latest information about the status of the fires by visiting the County of San Diego’s Emergency Web site at Residents should call 2-1-1 for all non-emergency calls related to this fire. Residents may also call the City of San Diego Community Access Phone at 619-570-1070 for additional fire information.

With the declaration by President Bush, individuals and business owners can avail of federal aid that can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.

FEMA said that those who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST Monday through Sunday.

In the meantime, health and human services officials issued the following clean up precautions:

As some residents are allowed back into their homes and neighborhoods by officials, there are several precautions they should take as they begin the task of cleaning up:

· Avoid disseminating ash into the air; do not use leaf blowers or non-HEPA filter vacuums.

· The Regional Water Control Quality Board asks that you avoid washing ash into storm drains if possible.

· Wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants to avoid skin contact.

· If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible.

· Wear well-fitting dust masks; those rated N-95 or P-100 provide better protection than simple dust or surgical masks. Persons with heart or lung disease should consult a physician before using a mask.

· Lightly mist indoor and outdoor hard surfaces before gently sweeping ash, followed by wet mopping. On lightly dusted areas, a damp cloth or wet mop may be all that is needed.

· Collected ash may be disposed of in your regular trash collection. Ash may be stored in plastic bags or other containers that will prevent it from being disturbed.

Ash deposited on indoor and outdoor surfaces near the fire is relatively non-toxic and is similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, any ash:

may be irritating to the skin, especially sensitive skin

will contain small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals

can be irritating to the nose and throat if breathed, and may cause coughing

may trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have asthma.

PHILIPPINE VILLAGE VOICE - Redefining Community News
Issue No. 82 / News Without Fear or Favor /

. . . . . A community service of San Diego's Philippine Village Voice ( or at 619.265.0611) for the information and better understanding of the public. . . . . .

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 October 2007 07:49
Comments (1)
1 Friday, 02 July 2010 05:09
I guess that to get the personal loans from creditors you should have a firm motivation. Nevertheless, one time I've got a auto loan, because I wanted to buy a building.

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