The Fires Continue. Were We Adequately Prepared?

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President Bush has trumped Southern California’s emergency status with a declaration of major disaster.  That means federal grants, temporary housing, unemployment assistance and low-interest business loans.  Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office of Emergency Services has created 5 local assistance centers to help with insurance claims and housing assistance.  They’ll also help fire victims replace lost records.



  • David Lauter - Assistant Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Jeff Bowman - Former Chief of the San Diego Fire Department
  • Steve Erie - University of California at San Diego
  • Jonathan Karp - Reporter in Los Angeles for the Wall Street Journal


Warren Olney