State - CA (California)

Sulphur Fire (Mendocino Lake Complex) (Lake County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:29
State's Post Fire Watershed Emergency Response Report Fire personnel will remain at scene working to extinguish hot spots and improve containment lines. Damage assessment has been completed. Fire suppression repair continues to minimize the effects of the fire’s damage. 10/20/17 AM - See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.

Tubbs Fire (Central LNU Complex) (Napa County,Sonoma County) Started 10/08/2017, updated 2/09/2018

State - California - CALFIRE - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:27
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.

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Close in Bonsall

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:27

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA will close its Bonsall Disaster Loan Outreach Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.

“SBA opened the center to provide personalized assistance to California businesses and residents who were affected by the wildfires, flooding, mudflows and debris flows directly related to the wildfires that began Dec. 4, 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 as indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Bonsall Community Center

31505 Old River Road

Bonsall, CA  92003

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.385 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. 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.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is March 16, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 15, 2018.

East Porterville Water Supply Project Connects 755 Homes

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 18:05

Hundreds of Residents Now Have Access to Sustainable Supply

East Porterville, CA – Today, a partnership of state and local agencies, working to help homeowners affected by California’s multi-year drought, finished connecting 755 homes to a safe, reliable, permanent water supply. All households participating in the East Porterville Water Supply Project have now been connected to the City of Porterville’s municipal water system.

“It’s such a relief to have water flowing from the faucet and the shower again. It’s so easy to take it for granted, until it’s gone,” said Amelia Arroyo who received a water connection in January 2017.

Hundreds of residential wells in the small, unincorporated community of East Porterville in Tulare County became dry or contaminated during California’s recent five-year drought. Homes without access to safe potable water received deliveries of tanked water and bottled water. At a monthly price tag of $650,000, this temporary solution was unsustainable for both the state and community members.

“The residents of East Porterville were especially hard hit by the effects of this recent drought,” said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Hundreds of homes were at the mercy of Mother Nature as their wells ran dry. Urgent action was needed on the part of many agencies to find short and long-term solutions. It’s satisfying to see a long-term solution now in place for many homes, helping to mitigate the impacts of future droughts.”

Three state agencies – the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the State Water Resources Control Board, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – partnered with Tulare County agencies and community organizations such as Self-Help Enterprises and Community Water Center to deliver a permanent solution to East Porterville’s water crisis. Construction on the $48 million East Porterville Water Supply Project kicked off in early 2016 with the installation of new water distribution lines to connect homes in East Porterville to the neighboring City of Porterville’s municipal system.

“The goal was to get a permanent supply of safe water to the residents who were without water, or without safe water, as soon as possible,” said Eileen Sobeck, executive director of the State Water Resources Control Board. “The significant impact of the drought on access to safe drinking water for hundreds of local families could not have been addressed without the extraordinary collaboration between state and local governments and the local community groups. We hope the success of the partnerships here will assist in developing new ways of working together and avoid future drought impacts to communities like East Porterville.”

The project was conducted in two phases. The first phase connected about 300 homes that were receiving emergency water deliveries. Those connections were completed in March 2017. The second phase connected about 450 additional households that still had access to water in their wells, but who wished to avoid the possibility of future water insecurity. Of the 1,100 homes eligible for the project in both phases, a total of 755 took advantage of the offer.

“I’m glad to know that my family will always have access to clean water now, drought or no drought,” said Darcy Stroud, who signed up during Phase 2 of the project. “We didn’t sign up right away, but we realized we really wanted the water connection. Better to be safe than sorry.”

“While this project has brought relief to many,” said Arthur Hinojosa, chief of DWR’s Division of Integrated Regional Water Management, “more work is needed to ensure that all California residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. We’re supporting regional work to sustainably manage groundwater basins and promoting water use efficiency and conservation to make sure California’s local and regional water supplies are resilient for all needs.”

Construction will continue through 2018 to complete additional infrastructure supporting the project.

Although the statewide drought officially ended last year, the current water year is off to a dry start and many communities continue to suffer localized drought impacts. Californians everywhere are encouraged to make water conservation a way of life, rain or shine.

View project photos in DWR’s photo gallery, and a new video telling the story of the East Porterville Water Supply Project.

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To learn ways to conserve, visit Save Our Water.

 

Photo: DWR Video

Hams in Disaster

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:24

Recent disasters in the US and around the world have resulted in lost communications. Whether hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or terror attacks response to a disaster is made more difficult without effective communications. Cal OES has at least one answer to that in California – HAMS.

Links

Cal OES Auxiliary Communications Service

Communications Reserve Unit

Cal OES Telecommunications

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

FOOD BENEFITS AVAILABLE FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE AND/OR MUDSLIDE VICTIMS

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:17

SACRAMENTO –The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that, as part of the continuing disaster recovery effort, individuals and families impacted by the wildfires and/or mudslides in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance.

A family of four with a monthly income up to $2,755 per month may be eligible to receive up to $640 in food assistance through California’s Disaster CalFresh program. Households can apply for this assistance Tuesday, February 6 through Wednesday, February 14. In most cases, Disaster CalFresh food assistance benefits will be available within three days of the date of application.

“Disaster CalFresh food assistance is intended to help those negatively impacted by the wildfires and mudslides,” said CDSS Director Will Lightbourne. “We stand with these hard-working communities as they continue to recover.”

On February 1, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture approved California’s request for Disaster CalFresh food assistance to enhance the recovery effort in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The program is known nationally as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or D-SNAP.

Wildfire and/or mudslide victims may apply for CalFresh disaster food assistance in-person at local social service agency offices throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Disaster CalFresh benefits will be provided via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is similar to a debit card that can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores and other authorized retailers.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Individuals and families who lived or worked in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh food assistance if the household experienced at least one of the following as a direct result of the wildfires and/or mudslides:

  • Damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business;
  • Loss or inaccessibility of income, including a reduction or termination of earned income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster related problems; or
  • Disaster-related expenses (e.g. home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.

WHEN TO APPLY

Individuals and families affected by the wildfires and/or mudslides who are seeking food assistance may apply for Disaster
CalFresh beginning February 6, 2018 by visiting a social service agency in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties. Additional application sites and more information is available at http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center.

In addition, individuals or families with new needs for assistance due to the wildfires and/or mudslides may always apply
for regular CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs cash aid at their local social service agency or online at www.benefitscal.com.

QUESTIONS: CALL YOUR COUNTY

Santa Barbara County Service Center: (844) 289-4682

Ventura County Service Center: (888) 472-4463

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CDSS Media Center link. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Media-Center

Disaster help Center link. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center

Contact: Michael Weston
(916) 657-2268

Consolidated Debris Removal Program Announces Milestone

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:45

ROHNERT PARK – The state, federal and local community partners conducting the Consolidated Debris Removal Program have reached a major milestone with the removal of more than one million tons of fire-related debris from properties affected by the October 2017 Northern California Wildfires in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is managing debris removal operations under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

Currently, Lake County is 100 percent complete with debris removal. In Lake County, USACE contractors have removed more than 22,655 tons of debris from the 155 approved parcels in the program.

“One hundred percent debris removal for Lake County is a huge milestone,” said Col. Eric McFadden, Commander of the USACE Recovery Field Office. “Some work continues on the remainder of those properties – soil sampling and the review of those results; re-scrapes and retesting, if needed; and installation of erosion control measures and other punch list items.”

Another notable milestone is the completion of debris removal in the severely damaged Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Some 1,200 properties were cleared of debris there as part of the program, but like other areas, there is additional work to do on some lots in Coffey Park before the county will be notified that the parcel is cleared.

“We have made significant progress on debris removal since the devastating wildfires back in October,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “While this achievement is a major milestone, there is still a lot of work to be done. We will be here to ensure the project is complete and continue assisting with the overall community recovery in these counties.”

With major debris removal operations wrapping up in Coffey Park, crews will mobilize to other focus areas to make further progress.

As of February 2, contractors have cleared 63 percent of all approved parcels across the four counties, with 3,087 parcels cleared of debris.

The Consolidated Debris Removal mission is a two-phase process – Phase I is the removal of household hazardous waste by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Sonoma and Napa counties and by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control in Lake and Mendocino counties. Phase II is the removal of other fire-related debris from structures destroyed or damaged by the fire including concrete foundations.

“The achievement of these debris removal milestones reflects the ongoing collective efforts to rebuild and recover from the October fires,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Bob Fenton.

 

Additional resources

Cal OES

FEMA

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Environmental Protection Agency

San Diego Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:38

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in San Diego County in Bonsall will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) as of Monday, Feb. 5 .

DRCs are jointly run by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) . Representatives from Cal OES, FEMA, SBA and other state and federal agencies staff the DRCs. They offer survivors of the December wildfires and recent mudslides disaster assistance resources.

The center will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. The premises wil l reopen on Monday, Feb. 5 , as an SBA DLOC. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SBA customer service representatives will be at the DLOC to meet with businesses and residents to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans.

As any DRC closes, those affected are reminded that FEMA is a phone call, a mouse click, or FEMA app away. Disaster survivors can go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, seven days a week.

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

Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Los Angeles County

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 13:29

A mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will open on Tuesday, January 30 in Lake View Terrace to offer residents affected by the December wildfires and flooding, mudflows, and debris flows directly related to the wildfires resources for disaster assistance.

The center will be located at:

Lake View Terrace Recreation Center
11075 Foot Hill Blvd
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice. The center will be closed on Sundays.

Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the center. Residents of any of the designated counties – Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura – can seek help at the Lake View Terrace DRC.

Before visiting a DRC, survivors are encouraged to apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.  The deadline to register for disaster assistance for these events is March 16, 2018, but survivors are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

Applicants should have the following information at hand:

  • Social Security number.
  • Address of the damaged primary residence.
  • Description of the damage.
  • Information about insurance coverage.
  • A current contact telephone number.
  • An address where they can receive mail.
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Residents of the designated counties can find the closest DRC by going online at fema.gov/drc or texting 43362 with the message DRC and their ZIP Code. Standard message and data rates apply.

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