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November 2, 2003 | Jeff Bertolucci, Special to The Times
First comes the evacuation, a mad scramble for insurance documents, financial statements, family heirlooms. As you drive away, smoke shrouds the windows, flames lick the rooftop. Your home is reduced to ashes. After the firetrucks and reporters have gone, you're left with a charred concrete slab and lingering emotional trauma. You must deal with door-to-door solicitors and fend off shady contractors and other scam artists who prey on disaster victims.
September 15, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Breaking a logjam that threatened to furlough 80,000 aviation and construction workers, Congress sent President Obama legislation to extend federal air and transportation bills, narrowly averting a Friday deadline. But legislation to replenish depleted Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster-aid funds remained mired in partisan gridlock, opposed by House Republican leaders who insist that supplemental funds to pay for Hurricane Irene and other disasters be paid with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
March 1, 1998
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. As El Nino continues to batter our county, we here at the American Red Cross Ventura County Chapter would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers and donors and the many agencies that have pitched in to help individuals and families driven from their homes by flood or mud. That help, in the form of food, shelter and recovery assistance, has made a difference to hundreds of people most severely affected by the storms....
April 2, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
Nineteen social-service agencies based in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys have applied for $2.6 million in federal grant money to continue the free counseling services they have been providing to earthquake victims.
Illegal immigrants who suffered losses in the Northridge earthquake should not receive federal relief funds, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Saturday. An outspoken critic of illegal immigration into Southern California, Rohrabacher said he plans to introduce legislation that will require disaster victims to show proof of legal residency before receiving funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
June 22, 1991 | JACK SEARLES
Some members of Ventura County's Filipino community are rallying to collect clothing, food and money to help victims of this month's devastating volcanic eruptions in the Philippines. Efforts among the county's estimated 11,000 Filipino-Americans will be highlighted by a talent show on July 13 in Port Hueneme's Dorill B. Wright Cultural Center.
October 31, 2001
Bernadine Healy's resignation is an act of courage and morality, two traits sorely lacking in the American Red Cross, the organization she so honorably served as president ("Red Cross Chief Quits Amid Policy Disputes," Oct. 27). After the Sept. 11 attacks, Healy created the Liberty Disaster Fund, specifically designed to provide terrorist-related relief. The American Red Cross aggressively solicited contributions, allegedly to help the 9/11 disaster victims and their families. Donations were made in excess of $500 million to date.
November 30, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
When the weight of strangers' grief overwhelms him, Kenneth Feinberg takes a walk. Sometimes he buys an ice cream and sits on a park bench, letting the sun replenish his depleted well of compassion. Other times, after listening to the pain, anger and recriminations of the bereaved, Feinberg takes refuge in opera — not for its cathartic pathos, but because it's the one place where he can count on falling asleep. A balding, bespectacled lawyer with skin nearly as thick as his Boston accent, Feinberg must daily sort the emotional rubble of disaster.
On the day Japan's Mt. Unzen claimed his life, 33-year-old scientist Harry Glicken was chasing an obsession. It began when he was a teen-ager growing up in Los Angeles, sustained him through college and led him to the crests of some of the world's most enchanting and deadly mountains, including Washington state's Mt. St. Helens, where he narrowly escaped death. "Harry wanted to study volcanoes," his sister said. "If there was an epitaph, I guess that would be it."
January 28, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
Eight gang members who moved here from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been arrested as suspects in 11 slayings, police said Friday. The arrests follow a recent surge in violence in the Houston area, which police attribute partly to Katrina evacuees. A gang unit formed two weeks ago to investigate the crime wave has linked the killings to rival New Orleans gang members trying to get a foothold in Houston.
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