Provide Thomas Fire & Flood Victims Access to FEMA Recovery Programs

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Santa Barbara recently endured the largest fire in California state history and last week the residents of Montecito and neighboring towns were subjected to tragic mudslides as a result of the Thomas Fire. 

The state requested federal assistance, specifically support from FEMA yet the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, issued a denial.

From the local news - "Being cleared for "Individual Assistance" doesn't provide enough money to put back together a life, but for some it can fill a critical need and significantly, triggers other government programs, officials said. 

"If you don't have insurance that may be the only or primary assistance you get," said disaster expert David Fukutomi, who was hired by the city of Ventura to help with the relief and recovery process."

FEMA has the Thomas Fire listed on it's own website yet denies that it and the mudslides are worthy of being called a disaster. This distinction can mean the difference between someone getting their life back in order and possibly not. 

Sign this petition and send a message to FEMA that if loss of life, property, the ability to use trains and major highways, the disruption of industry and countless lives isn't a disaster we'd like to know what is. 


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