By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08) sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton requesting both Kern and San Bernardino counties be classified as disaster areas to further support the communities impacted by the earthquakes beginning on July 4, 2019. This action would allow significant resources from the SBA Office of Disaster Assistance to aid individuals and their communities during the recovery process.
Rep. Cook said, “Though it’s been a month since the earthquakes struck Southern California, residents of Trona and surrounding communities continue to be seriously impacted by its effects. I will continue working to ensure that my constituents receive the assistance they need to recover from this disaster. I’d like to thank the President for ordering federal assistance to augment state and local help and hope that the Small Business Administration quickly approves this disaster designation.”
A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
Full text of the letter can be found HERE.