Large Events May Not Get Federal Assistance
A large casualty event may not get the proper attention it deserves. In order for an event to get the attention of the federal government’s resources a number of steps must occur. Local agencies must usually ask the state government to provide assistance. If the state does not declare the event an emergency or disaster, the federal government will likely not step in to assist. You can find out information about disasters that have been declared by going to the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=200380,00.html. California specific information is available on the Office of Emergency Services site at http://www.oes.ca.gov/WebPage/oeswebsite.nsf/Content/BE714C2AD6CF5CC088257503000412BE?OpenDocument.
If your disaster is not getting the attention that it needs, contact your representatives at both the state and federal levels. Ignored, angry voters get legislators’ attention.