Wednesday, December 5, 2007

California Home Owners Affected By The Wildfires To Receive Free Deeds Service From - A New York City Document Retrieval Company

SOURCE: VP of Fast Deeds 12/5/07

(PRLEAP.COM) New York, New York - Fast Deeds ( is offering free copies of deeds to California homeowners affected by the wildfires. Over 200,000 homes in Southern California have been affected by this tragedy in the following counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, Orange, and San Bernadino.

“We know that these homeowners in these areas are going through a lot and we’d like to do our part to by help by offering our services on a pro-bono basis. It’s one less thing that people affected by this tragedy need to worry about,” said Luca J. Catania, President of Fast Deeds.

With well over $1 Billion dollars in damages to real estate, insurance companies will require homeowners affected by the tragic fires to show proof of ownership, and may require certified copies of deeds as well. Fast Deeds ( will help each and every homeowner affected by this disaster by contacting their local county clerk and obtaining copies of their property deeds.

For immediate service, homeowners affected by the wildfires can call 877-90-DEEDS. It will take 7-10 business days to obtain their deeds.

About Fast Deeds - Fast Deeds through its website, is a premier New York based document retrieval company. is one of the most widely used sites by legal professionals and new homeowners.

Press Contact: Abe Kasbo

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El Cajon Disaster Recovery Center Transitions To An SBA Center

FEMA Release Date: December 5, 2007
Release Number: 1731-065

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in El Cajon at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway will become a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) this Saturday, Dec. 8.

The DRC will close on Fri., Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and re-open as a DLOC on Sat., Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. with hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SBA Customer Service Representatives at the DLOC will be available to issue and accept loan applications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan programs, explain the application process, and help each individual complete their application.

The SBA is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners and renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Businesses or individuals unable to visit the DLOC may obtain information by calling SBA's toll-free number: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or visit SBA at

If you have not registered, you can do so by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Those affected by the fires can also register online at

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Southern California Self Storage Facilities Join Forces to Provide Relief to Wildfire Victims by Offering 2 Months of Free Storage

In an effort to help aid workers and affected families of the Southern California wildfires, several local self storage facilities have formed the "SoCal Storage Relief Alliance" to give fire victims a safe place for their belongings while they rebuild their homes and businesses.

Ogden, UT based Storage Marketing Solutions has brought their Southern California based self storage clients together to form an alliance to help those in need. Participating self storage facilities are offering 2 full months of free storage to anybody in the area affected directly or indirectly by the fires.

This includes homeowners, renters, business owners and aid workers. "Anybody who is helping or that has been affected by these fires is welcome to 2 free months of storage with participating facilities on available unit sizes" said Derek Naylor, President of Storage Marketing Solutions.

Greg Houge, President of Storage, Etc. which operates multiple SoCal storage facilities said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Southern California wildfiresStorage, Etc. was fortunate that our business was not destroyed and we're offering two months of free rent on storage space to those who have been displaced".

Mobile storage operator Alex Rosenberg commented: "Storage Valet stands ready to distribute it's mobile storage containers throughout it's coverage area (including Orange County, the Inland Empire, and parts of LA County) to help all of those afflicted by the fires. This includes victims of the fire, donation/collection sites, and assistance centers".

Victims are encouraged to contact one of the following participants:

* Crossroads Storage Santa Maria, CA 650 Southside Parkway Santa Maria, CA 93455. Phone: 805-918-4871.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Woodland Hills, CA 6030 Canoga Avenue Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Phone: 818-332-3980.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Chatsworth, CA 20550 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311. Phone: 818-332-3986.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Calabasas, CA 5045 Old Scandia Ln. Calabasas, CA 91302. Phone: 818-332-3984.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Torrance, CA 2545 West 190th Street Torrance, CA 90504. Phone: 310-256-3371.

* America's Best Self Storage Torrance, CA 380 Crenshaw Blvd. (at Del Amo Blvd.), Torrance, CA 90503 Phone: 310-212-7339.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Gardena, CA 740 West 190th Street Gardena, CA 90248. Phone: 310-933-5304.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Carson, CA 20501 S. Main St. Carson, CA 90745. Phone: 310-401-8299.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Long Beach, CA 2911 Redondo Ave Long Beach, CA 90806. Phone: 562-364-1922.

* Orangethorpe Mini Storage Anaheim, CA 900 East Orangethorpe Ave. Anaheim, CA 92801. Phone: 714-948-2555.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage Stanton, CA 10850 Beach Blvd Stanton, CA 90680. Phone: 714-782-3321.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage San Diego, CA 1040 Sherman St San Diego, CA 92110. Phone: 619-399-3067.

* Storage Etc. Self Storage San Diego, CA 2150 Hancock St. San Diego, CA 92110. Phone: 619-377-0199.

* Storage Valet Corona CA delivers mobile storage containers throughout Orange County, the Inland Empire and parts of LA County. Phone: 877-798-2538.

All alliance facilities offer secure and modern service. Those interested should mention "Wildfire" to get their 2 free months of rent.

For more information and media contacts, please contact:

Derek Naylor
Storage Marketing Solutions
PO Box 13569 Ogden, UT 84412-3569
The Jamul Fire Help Distribution Center is fully functional and open to “shoppers.”

It is located at:

Jamul Community Church Offices
14866 Lyons Valley Rd.

New hours are:

Monday and Wednesday from 11:00am-4:30 pm
Saturday from 9:00am-2:00 pm

Current needs are:

NEW bedding (pillows, sheets, comforters, mattress pads)
Kitchen items (dishes, pots & pans, bake ware, small appliances)
New bath towels
Laundry detergent, diapers, diaper wipes
Irons, ironing boards
Home entertainment electronics

Please NOTE! If you are donating furniture, you must call ahead first to coordinate as their storage space is limited. They do however except things like beds and dressers as there is a need for them. But again, just CALL FIRST!


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Knitters Re-Covering San Diego


With the help of our yarn vendors, and anyone who is looking for a way to give to the fire victims, we hope to make enough blankets to give to all those who have lost their homes; approximately 1350 San Diego families.

So far we have contacted three of our yarn vendors, Plymouth, Berroco, and Skacel Yarn Company. They have all agreed to donate yarns to be used to make blankets for those who have lost their homes. The yarns are arriving and ready to be picked up and made into squares. We invite you to come to the store and pick up a ball of yarn or two and make a few squares. The yarn is complimentary, but we have had several knitters ask to pay for their yarns. If that is you, know that the proceeds will go toward incidental cost, such as mailing and other costs we can’t think of presently. Our hope is that the donated yarns will keep coming.

The squares need to be 9” by 9”. They can be knitted or crocheted, in any pattern you choose. If you can’t come to the store to pick up a ball but want to make a square, you can either use any washable yarn you already have or send us a self addressed stamped envelop and we will send you a ball. Send to : Common Threads 466 S. Coast Hwy. 101 Encinitas, Ca. 92024. We have made name tags to go with each square made. Our plan is that when the blankets are given to a family, we would like them to know who made it. The name tags will be at the store, and at some point in the near future they will be on our site to print out.

We have started a blog site for the project:

This is our first blog site, so we are learning how it works, but our hope is that participants in the project will use it to communicate with one another and post their stories and progress with their knitting. As the completed squares start to arrive we will be planning assembly parties, and invite you to join us for those parties as well.

It is our understanding that there are several other groups in the San Diego area who are also making blankets for fire victims. We hope to coordinate with these groups when it comes to distributing the blankets. So with our combined efforts we truly might reach our goal of Re-Covering all San Diego families with a blanket.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 November 2007 )


Salmon Dinner and Silent Auction
DEC. 15th, 6pm at San Rafael Parish Hall

We need silent auction items. Please don’t hesitate to ask your favorite restaurant or leisure activity.

We will need bar-tenders, ticket takers, youth assistance coordinators, clean up crew, buffet captains, Silent Auction Coordinators, etc, etc – plenty to do for all.

We have 240 servings of Salmon, so please encourage early purchase of the tickets so we can plan for more if needed. Thanks for your help in advance.

Tickets are $20 each. Come and meet old and new friends and support those who have lost their homes.

Paul Thoreson
(858) 673-7392

Community Christmas Boutique

December 7, 8 and 9th
A Gift to the Families Of the 2007 San Diego Firestorms

The women of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to help us create a Community Christmas Boutique for over 500 families in the Rancho Bernardo and surrounding North County areas who lost their homes in the 2007 San Diego Fire Storms. Our goal is to provide these families with boutique and keepsake quality Christmas ornaments and decorations that will help start new family traditions.

In order to help families find the ornaments most meaningful to them, the ornaments will be displayed on 13 theme decorated Christmas trees. These lists are merely suggestions- please follow as your heart leads.

Ornaments (please package by theme if possible):

1. Religious: crèche, crosses, Joy, Peace, Stars
2. Snow: snowmen, skis, sleds, icicles, snowflakes
3. Angels: heavenly hosts of all types
4. Children: primary colors, children oriented themes
5. Musical: instruments, carols, musical notes
6. Sports: all sports, skates, balls, helmets, bats etc.
7. Glitz: anything silver or gold, glittery, gilded
8. Homespun: country themed, homey, handcrafted feel, gingerbread
9. Nature/Fruit: ornaments inspired by nature, birds, branches, berries
10. Santa: Santa, elves, North Pole
11. Traditional: balls, glass, flocked, sequined, smocked, candy canes
12. Creative: unique and artistically designed ornaments
13. For the men: outdoors, golf, hobbies, occupation, pets, motorcycles

Children’s Christmas Books: Please choose books that have special meaning to you or your family.

Donation Logistics: A local warehouse in Poway, CA will be used to store the ornaments and decorations. The week after Thanksgiving, the warehouse will be transformed into a beautiful and inviting Christmas boutique .

All donations may be shipped directly to the home of:

Theresa Suzuki
12917 Lomas Verdes Drive
Poway, CA 92064

Please include an inventory check list and contact information, including your email. We will send a confirmation of receipt.