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FEMA to Conduct Emergency Alert Systems Testing

| 9:49 AM

Televisions, radios and some cellphones will receive a test message as part of a nationwide emergency alert systems test on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

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Burned home with man surveying damage.

Continued FEMA Rental Assistance May be Available for Valley Fire Survivors

| 11:21 AM

Survivors of the September Valley Fire who are currently receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rental assistance for temporary housing as part of the Individuals and Households Program may be able to extend their current benefits into the new year.

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Burned home with man surveying damage.

Valley Fire Survivors May Apply for Federal Aid to Help With Losses

| 3:04 PM

Homeowners or renters affected by the Valley Fire in September can now apply for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant through Dec. 15. The grants are designed to help with serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance such as rent, home repair or replacement, medical or dental costs, transportation or other personal property losses.

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Credit: FEMA

National Wireless Emergency Alert System Test Set for Oct. 3

| 10:50 AM

No reason to become alarmed. Your mobile phone will emit a special tone and vibrate as it receives an emergency test message on Sept. 20 update rescheduled to Oct 3. It is part of a nationwide test by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of Wireless Emergency Alerts systems to assess its effectiveness.

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Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Lilac Fire Damaged or Destroyed Properties May Be Eligible for Federal Disaster Grants

| 4:49 PM

Homeowners or renters affected by the Lilac Fire are encouraged to register for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that can help cover temporary housing assistance, essential home repairs and uninsured or underinsured personal property losses. Residents and business owners can also apply for a low interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.