State - CA (California)

If Traveling, Be Aware Freezing Temps Could Make Driving Treacherous

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:42

Forecasts indicate a shift in the weather this week. After a relatively mild winter thus far, the majority of California is in the midst of a significant cool down. Aside from the potential for rain and snow in various parts of the state, freezing temperatures were also expected to impact travel following a three-day holiday weekend.

In Southern California, a winter weather and wind advisory was in effect in some areas, with wind gusts up to 50 to 60 mph expected in the mountains and deserts earlier this week.

Cold air from western Canada will bring widespread freezing temperatures to Northern California Wednesday morning, per the National Weather Service. Mountain and foothill showers are possible Wednesday night and Thursday. Snow could cause slick roads and travel delays in the mountains and foothills, while a dusting of snow is possible down to 1000 feet. Due to freezing temperatures, the National Weather Service warns to take precautionary measures to protect sensitive plants, trees and pets/livestock.

As forecasts show noticeable weather changes this week and present more common winter-like temperatures, be alert and stay prepared for the next storm. Extended forecasts show below normal temperatures possibly extending into next week.

To deal with freezing temperatures and potential winter-storm inconveniences, here are some easy ways to prepare and tips to keep in mind ahead of significant weather concerns:

  • Prepare an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, warm clothing, first aid kit and other items you might need for several days.
  • Monitor local news and weather stations for updates.
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings from authorities.
  • If you don’t have to go out, stay home.
  • Use extreme caution around downed trees and slow down for debris in the street.
  • Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.
  • Avoid all downed power lines and objects touching them. Report downed lines to your local authorities.
  • Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the elements.

To alleviate winter storm concerns, Cal OES created a one-stop informational page with additional insight on how to be prepared for specific events, including: snow and ice, flooding and rain, debris flow, extreme cold and wind.

Visit the Winter Storm Preparedness page for more in-depth tips and information.

 

Additional resources

Cal OES

Storms.ca.gov

Ready.gov

 

 

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Santa Rosa to Close

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:16

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA will close its Santa Rosa Disaster Loan Outreach Center at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

“SBA opened the center to provide personalized assistance to California businesses and residents who were affected by the wildfires that occurred Oct. 8-31, 2017. Until the center closes, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet with businesses and residents to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans,” said Garfield.

Businesses and residents can meet with SBA representatives on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

 

SONOMA COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Press Democrat Building

427 Mendocino Ave.

Santa Rosa, CA  95401

Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closes 12 p.m. Friday, March 2

Even though the deadline to apply for a loan for property damage has passed, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size still have until July 12, 2018, to apply for an economic injury disaster loan to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Business owners may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Interest rates are 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To receive additional disaster assistance information, visit SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

 

Montecito Flooding / Mudflows (Santa Barbara County,Ventura County) Started 1/09/2018, updated 2/18/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:40
Flooding and mudflows in the Santa Barbara County areas of Montecito, Summerland, and Carpenteria near the Thomas Fire burn scar.

California’s Disaster Recovery Remains Top Priority for State, Local, Federal Leaders

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:40

Lives and landscape have been forever changed following the recent devastating wildfires and mudslides in California. Recovery efforts began with a proactive approach even before response operations to the emergencies had concluded.

With recovery in full swing, state, federal and local leaders from all over California came together today at the California State Association of Counties Disaster Recovery Summit and Roundtable in Sacramento to discuss progress, resources, issues and solutions. These leaders are directly involved with helping communities rebuild and recover from the October and December wildfires as well as January flooding, debris flows and mudflows.

These recent wildfires and mudslides were some of the worst in state history and the recovery that followed was unprecedented. “A lot of monumental efforts are going on here,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci.

Recovery is no easy task, but all hands are on deck. Agencies have been working together to find recovery solutions and resiliencies with housing, watershed and debris issues that follow major disasters.

Representatives in attendance included (but no limited to) California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, California Environmental Protection Agency, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz), California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, CalRecycle, California Housing Finance Agency, Caltrans, CAL FIRE, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Department of Finance, Workforce Development Agency, and the counties of Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, Yuba, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Mendocino, Butte, Nevada and Los Angeles.

For more information and resources, visit www.WildfireRecovery.org.

California Senate Recognizes Heroes of October 2017 Wildfires

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:32

The night of October 8, 2017, changed the lives of many who lived in the seven Northern California counties ravaged by wildfires. The firestorms are being called the worst disaster to hit California since the San Francisco earthquake in 1906; the fires burned over 200,000 acres, destroyed 6,000 homes, burned thousands more outbuildings and businesses and took the lives of 44 people.

On Friday morning, Senators came together to recognize the tens of thousands of first responders, non-profits, small business owners and residents who answered the call to help one another.

“Today we celebrate what truly makes the state of California so great – its people” said Sen. Mike McGuire “We also pause this morning to remember 44 ordinary Californians who perished in this unprecedented firestorm.”

NorCal Heroes Day And Remembrance Ceremony, CA Senate Chamber. Photo by: Lorie Shelley

All members were there to present a small token of gratitude on behalf of the California state senate to a gathering of courageous federal, state and local heroes.

“We are honoring individuals here today, but individuals who represent thousands of others who contributed as much as they did,” said Sen. Jim Nielsen.

Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci was recognized along with CHP Golden Gate Sector Chief BJ Whitten, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott and many others.

“And our emergency responders are absolutely magnificent at mutual aid” Nielsen said.  “It ever impresses me as I drive up and down Northern California area during crises, the streams of emergency vehicles from all over California coming here. And together we will then accept responsibilities of the future, not to ensure ‘never again’ but ‘lesser’ at least, a more humane and safe as we can, live through such tragedies.”

 

 

Links

To see the entire presentation on demand, click here and watch Senate Floor Session, Friday, February 16th, 2018.

OES News

WildfireRecovery.org

 

One Month Recovery Update for Southern California

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It’s been one month since FEMA’s Individual Assistance program was approved for Southern Californians in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Here’s an update on recovery numbers as of close of business Feb. 14:

• 582 households eligible for FEMA individual assistance.
• FEMA has approved more than $3.4 million in individuals and households program grants.

o $3 million for housing assistance.

o $431,000 in other needs assistance.
• The inspector team, has completed more than 94 percent of requested housing

inspections.
• 1,804 visits to the Disaster Recovery Centers set up to provide survivors with disaster

assistance resources.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. As of close of business Feb. 14, SBA:

  • Has approved 159 loans for homeowners and or renters and 33 loans for businesses.
  • Approved loans totaling more than $21 million.Southern California residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, who suffered damage or losses from the December wildfires and January mudslides and flooding, have one month left to register for disaster assistance. The deadline to register is March 16.

    Survivors may register or update their information online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by phone at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. These toll-free numbers operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

    The deadline for filing Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is February 20, 2018. Workers, and particularly self-employed individuals, who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the disaster in Southern California can apply for unemployment benefits under the federal DUA program. The application is available online at eApply4UI. Workers do not need to register with FEMA first to apply for DUA.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and FEMA also established a joint hotline for people with a disability or an access and functional need. Referral services and additional assistance may be available. The access and functional needs hotline number is 916-361- 0380.

Significant efforts have been made with the removal of debris from basins and creeks in Santa Barbara County. So far, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has completed debris removal in 10 of 11 debris removal basins that provide protection to downstream neighborhoods and properties in Santa Barbara County. To date, 216,873 cubic yards of debris has been removed from these basins and another 93,310 cubic yards of debris has been removed from roadways. The USACE is also assisting Santa Barbara County clear debris from eight creeks. Work is complete in two creeks and ongoing in the others, for a total of 14,794 cubic yards removed.

CalRecyle has been working in Ventura County to remove debris from private property and conduct soil sampling. So far CalRecyle is 16% complete with private property debris removal in Ventura County.

Debris removal is critical to reopening roadways and facilitating further recovery, but is also essential to helping communities prepare for increased flood risks that follow major fires for several years. All residents of Southern California who live near burned areas should be carefully monitor the weather and follow local emergency recommendations. Residents can increase their financial protection by buying insurance now. Click here for information on flood risks after fire, go to or visit California Department of Water Resources for more information.

For more additional updates on California recovery, visit the disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4353, Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/femaregion9 and WildfireRecovery.org.

Los trabajadores afectados por los desastres naturales del sur de California tienen hasta el 20 de febrero para solicitar Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:02

SACRAMENTO – El Departamento de Desarrollo del Empleo de California recuerda a los trabajadores, empresarios y trabajadores independientes que perdieron su empleo o vieron sus horas de trabajo reducidas a causa de los incendios forestales, inundaciones o deslaves en los condados de Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara y Ventura que la fecha límite para solicitar Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre (DUA por sus siglas en inglés) es el martes 20 de febrero de 2018.

La declaración del Presidente Trump de desastre federal del 15 de enero proporciona beneficios a las personas damnificadas por los desastres de diciembre de 2017 y enero de 2018. DUA ofrece beneficios de seguro de desempleo temporal a las personas cuyos empleos u horas de trabajo se vieron afectadas a causa directa de los desastres y que no reúnen los requisitos para recibir seguro de desempleo regular tales como empresarios o trabajadores independientes.

Se insta a los damnificados a solicitar los beneficios de DUA a través del EDD, que primero determinará si los solicitantes pueden recibir seguro de desempleo regular, y de no ser así, tramitarán la solicitud bajo beneficios de seguro de desempleo por desastre federal.

Los beneficios DUA aplican a las pérdidas comenzando a partir de la semana del 10 de diciembre de 2017. Los trabajadores pueden recibir beneficios de hasta $450 dólares semanales por un máximo de 30 semanas. Estos beneficios de seguro de desempleo temporal se ofrecen a damnificados de desastres y están disponibles para las personas que reúnen cualquiera de los siguientes requisitos:

  • Trabajaron o eran trabajadores independientes, o estaban programados a comenzar un trabajo o trabajo independiente en la zona del desastre.
  • No pueden llegar a su lugar de trabajo por el desastre o no pueden trabajar o ejecutar sus servicios por daños físicos o destrucción del lugar de empleo a causa del desastre.
  • Pueden demostrar que el trabajo o el trabajo independiente que ya no pueden realizar era su principal fuente de ingresos.
  • No pueden realizar su trabajo o trabajo independiente por una lesión causada por el desastre.
  • Se convirtieron en jefes de familia por una muerte causada por el desastre.
  • Han solicitado o utilizado todos sus beneficios regular es de seguro de desempleo en cualquier estado, o que no reúnen los requisitos para recibir beneficios de seguro de desempleo regular y continúan desempleados a causa de los desastres.

Para recibir los beneficios DUA, toda la documentación necesaria tiene que ser enviada dentro de un plazo de 21 días a partir del día en que se presenta la solicitud para obtener los beneficios DUA. La documentación necesaria debe incluir número de Seguro Social y la copia más reciente de la declaración de impuestos o un talón de cheque de paga, o documentación para demostrar que la persona estaba trabajando o era trabajador independiente al momento del desastre. Para los trabajadores independientes, dicha documentación puede obtenerse en bancos o entidades gubernamentales, o declaraciones juradas de personas que tienen conocimiento de su empresa.

La forma más rápida y sencilla para solicitar los beneficios DUA es utilizar la solicitud en línea del EDD “eApply4UI” que está disponible en inglés y español.

Los solicitantes también pueden presentar su solicitud DUA por teléfono entre 8:00 a.m. y 12 del medio día, de lunes a viernes:

  • Inglés: 1-800-300-5616
  • Español: 1-800-326-8937
  • Chino (cantonés): 1-800-547-3506
  • Chino (mandarín): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamita: 1-800-547-2058

El EDD administra el programa federal de beneficios por desastre para el Departamento del Trabajo de EE.UU., la Administración de Empleo y Capacitación, a nombre de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias.

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Workers affected by Southern California disasters have until February 20 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:35

SACRAMENTO – The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reminds workers, business owners and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced as a result of the wildfires, flood and mudslides in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties that the deadline for filing claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

President Trump’s federal disaster declaration on January 15 provides DUA benefits for people affected by the December 2017 and January 2018 disasters. DUA provides temporary unemployment benefits for people whose jobs or work hour losses are a direct result of the disasters and who do not qualify for regular state unemployment insurance benefits, such as business owners or self-employed individuals.

Affected individuals are encouraged to apply for DUA benefits through EDD, which will first check to see if applicants can qualify for regular state unemployment benefits, and if not, process the claim for federal disaster unemployment benefits.

DUA applies to losses beginning the week of December 10, 2017. Workers can receive benefits of up to $450 a week for a maximum of 30 weeks. These unemployment insurance benefits are offered to victims of a disaster and available to individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, in the disaster area.
  • Cannot reach work because of the disaster and can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform is their primary source of income.
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Became the head of their households because of a death caused by the disaster.
  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for the regular benefits, and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disasters.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to verify that the individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster struck. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business.

The fastest and easiest way for new claimants to apply for DUA is to use EDD’s online application, “eApply4UI,” available in both English and Spanish.

Claimants can also file for DUA by phone between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday through Friday:

  • English: 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-3506
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058

The EDD administers the federal disaster-benefits program in California for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Leaders React to Major Milestone After October 2017 Wildfires in Sonoma County

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:44

The inferno unleashed on Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties, as well as several other northern California counties, left behind the kind of devastation many have only read about in the history books. Thousands of structures and homes were destroyed, entire neighborhoods left in ruins, and of course the 44 lives lost. There is one neighborhood that symbolizes the destruction and a community’s resilience to bounce back — Coffey Park in Santa Rosa.

In this episode, we hear from four leaders who were instrumental in managing the efforts to find temporary homes for the thousands displaced, removing the massive amounts of rubble and debris, and cleaning the land to modern environmental standards so residents can rebuild.

They are:

Cal OES Directory Mark Ghilarducci,

FEMA Region IX Administrator Bob Fenton,

US Army Corps of Engineers Field Office Commander in Sonoma County Col. Eric McFadden, and

FEMA National Qualifications System Director and  Federal Lead for the Housing Task Force Ryan Buras.

We spoke with them on-location to get them reflect shortly after the day debris removal program in Coffey Park concluded. The also talk about the fire and resulting flood and mudslides in Santa Barbara. Here they are, in their own words.

Links

Wildfire Recovery Resources

Cal OES Homepage

FEMA Preparedness Resources

Mount Shasta Search And Rescue Training

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:18

When it comes to search and rescue operations in dangerous winter conditions, training is crucial. In this edition of Inside Look, we go behind the scenes with a Winter Search and Rescue Training Exercise on Mount Shasta organized by our Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch and hosted by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

McCourtney Fire (Wind Complex) (Nevada County) Started 10/09/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:52
The total acreage reflects more accurate mapping. Red Flag warning today through Sunday morning for gusty winds and low relative humidity. Firefighters will continue to monitor conditions. Damage Inspection Teams are continuing their assessments. All Evacuation Orders have been reduced to Warnings and all roads are now open. Use caution when in the fire area as utility companies continue their repairs to infrastructure that was damaged due to the fire. See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.

Lobo Fire (Wind Complex) (Nevada County) Started 10/09/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:51
Mop up and patrol continues as hose is pulled from the burn area. Firefighters improved containment line on both the Cascade and LaPorte fires while increasing line on the Lobo fire. Anyone needing information for recovery please contact your county OES office. Butte County (530) 538-7373 Yuba County (530) 749-7520 Nevada County (530) 265-1515 Butte County residents can call the Fire Assistance Center (530) 538-7473 starting Monday, October 16th. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 has transitioned the fires within the Wind Complex back to the local CAL FIRE Unit. See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.

LaPorte Fire (Wind Complex) (Butte County) Started 10/09/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:50
Mop up and patrol continues as hose is pulled from the burn area. Firefighters improved containment line on both the Cascade and LaPorte fires while increasing line on the Lobo fire. p>See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.

Cherokee Fire (Butte County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:48
The BTU Call Center is open: (530) 538-7826. South, West & East flanks of the fire are holding, making progress on the North Flank.

Cascade Fire (Wind Complex) (Yuba County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:39
Mop up and patrol continues as hose is pulled from the burn area. Firefighters improved containment line on both the Cascade and LaPorte fires while increasing line on the Lobo fire. Anyone needing information for recovery please contact your county OES office. Butte County (530) 538-7373 Yuba County (530) 749-7520 Nevada County (530) 265-1515 Butte County residents can call the Fire Assistance Center (530) 538-7473 starting Monday, October 16th. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 has transitioned the fires within the Wind Complex back to the local CAL FIRE Unit. See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire. Yuba County Fire Information

Atlas Fire (Southern LNU Complex) (Napa County,Solano County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:37
State's Post Fire Watershed Emergency Response Report Crews continue to mop-up and do tactical patrol throughout the fire area with unit resources assigned.

Pocket Fire (Central LNU Complex) (Sonoma County) Started 10/09/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:32
State's Post Fire Watershed Emergency Response Report See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire. Central LNU Complex Evacuation Map Resources: Sonoma County Fire Information Sonoma County Website CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

Nuns / Adobe / Norrbom/ Pressley / Partrick Fires / Oakmont (Central LNU Complex) (Napa County,Sonoma County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:30
State's Post Fire Watershed Emergency Response Report See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire. Central LNU Complex Evacuation Map Resources: Sonoma County Fire Information Sonoma County Website CAL FIRE Structure Status Map Please note that damage assessment is still on-going. If a structure point does not appear on the map it may still have been impacted by the fires.

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