Quake Notes L.a. Earthquake -- Aftershock

January 19, 1994

FEDERAL AID -- Richard Krimm, associate director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said President Clinton will need to ask Congress for more money to assist earthquake victims. He said he expects the cost of responding to Monday's deadly quake to exceed the $1.1 billion remaining in FEMA's disaster fund after floods in the Midwest last summer and wildfires around Los Angeles last fall.

Federal money is used to help with immediate disaster response. The federal government then pays 75 percent of programs designed to get residents and businesses back on their feet; the state picks up the rest.

HOLLYWOOD -- Hollywood cares. Out of respect for the victims of Monday's earthquake, Universal Studios temporarily shut down its earthquake ride as Hollywood scrambled to pick up the pieces from the big quake.

GOUGE -- Some residents became earthquake victims of a different sort yesterday, as a number of merchants boosted prices on such everyday necessities as milk, water, gasoline, batteries and disposable diapers.

At a temporary shelter set up for victims at Sylmar High School, a woman said that a convenience store had charged her $1.50 for a cup of water. In San Fernando, police persuaded the manager of an Arco station to lower gasoline prices after boosting them 140 percent.

PROCRASTINATORS -- The man on the phone to Frank Wong's Albany, Calif., earthquake preparedness store was whispering. He wanted a kit rushed to his home but didn't want his wife to find out he hadn't made the purchase as promised months ago.

The customer was among scores of procrastinators crowding or calling Mr. Wong's usually quiet Earthquake Outlet, north of Berkeley in Northern California.

Many customers looked at preparedness kits ranging in price from $10 to $800. The basic model includes preserved food; more expensive kits can include a portable stove, hand warmer and Swiss army knife.

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