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California USAR Task Forces Lending a Hand for Harvey had Contact with Katrina

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 18:58

On August 25th, as the northern tentacles of the monstrous Hurricane Harvey breached the Gulf Coastline of Texas, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. approved the deployment of Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 (CA-TF5) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to aid the response to the storm. Within a few hours CA-TF5 was on its way.

The next day, Saturday, Governor Brown approved the additional deployment of Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1, 4 and 8 (CA-TF1, 4, 8) at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Then again on Sunday, August 27, the governor approved the additional deployment of specialized components of Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2, 3, 6 and 7 (CA-TF2, 3, 6 and 7) through Cal OES.

With that last deployment, each and every one of California’s state/federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces were now assisting, or on their way to assist, with operations in Texas. That activation deployed the Water Rescue Mission Ready Package elements of those four teams. These California specialists in swiftwater and flood rescue have been assisting with emergency operations in and around the hardest hit areas of Texas, conducting search and water rescue operations. The deployment is also coordinated through the FEMA as part of the national response for this incident. All those task force teams have assisted in significant disasters outside of California’s borders. Three of those teams, CA-TF6, 7 and 8 were deployed to the Gulf Coast to assist with response efforts to Hurricane Katrina. Below are images captured during their deployment by the teams themselves.

Click to view slideshow. All photos contributed by the respective agency.

If you’d like more information about California’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force program, or about those teams involved in both Harvey and Katrina, follow the links below.

Hurricane Harvey Relief US Military Photo Links

Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces

CA-TF6: Riverside

CA-TF7: Sacramento

CA-TF8: San Diego

 

Cal OES Director Secures Funds to Assist Response Agencies Battling Mission Fire in Madera County

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 15:57

Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Mission burning in Madera. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

The fire has already burned approximately 650 acres, threatening lives and property near the areas of North Fork and Cascadel Woods. Cal OES is working with multiple response agencies to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire retardant drops from aircraft. In addition to firefighting resources, shelter operations staff and emergency communications capabilities are also being mobilized.

Mission Fire Map 9/4/2017. Courtesy CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Facebook

More than 350 personnel have been mobilized to assist with the wildfire activity. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident alongside the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.

The federal grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles County Due to La Tuna Fire

State - California - CALOES - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 17:01

California Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Los Angeles County due to the effects of the La Tuna Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, threatened homes and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

To read the Governor’s press release click here.

From the Los Angeles Fire Department:  Alerts & Advisories (‘hard news’) on Twitter  while Conversation, Inquiries, RT & *Photo Sharing* at their other account on Twitter 

The full text of the proclamation is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on September 1, 2017, the La Tuna Fire started in Los Angeles County and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and

WHEREAS this fire is threatening thousands of homes and other structures, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and

WHEREAS the fire is threatening critical infrastructure and has forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and

WHEREAS extreme weather conditions and high temperatures have further increased the risk of fires; and

WHEREAS a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant has been requested and approved for the La Tuna Fire; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exists in Los Angeles County due to the La Tuna Fire.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in Los Angeles County.

I HEREBY ORDER that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all residents are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this Proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 3rd day of September 2017.

_____________________________
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

ATTEST:

_____________________________
ALEX PADILLA
Secretary of State

Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Railroad Fire in Madera, Mariposa Counties

State - California - CALOES - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 21:42

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Railroad Fire burning in Madera and Mariposa Counties. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

The fire has already burned approximately 5,400 acres, threatening lives and property near the areas of Sugar Fine and Fish Camp near State Route 41. Cal OES is working with multiple response agencies to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire retardant drops from aircraft. In addition to firefighting resources, shelter operations staff and emergency communications capabilities are also being mobilized.

More than 500 personnel have been mobilized to assist with the wildfire activity. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident alongside the U.S. Forest Service. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.

The federal grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

Additional information is available at:

Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/public-assistance/fire-management-assistance-grant

Railroad Fire Information page – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/

Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/

 

 

Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling La Tuna Fire in Los Angeles, Burbank

State - California - CALOES - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 10:44

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the La Tuna Fire burning in Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs. The fire has already burned approximately 3,000 acres, threatening lives and property near the areas of Sun Valley and Burbank. Cal OES is working with multiple response agencies to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire retardant drops from aircraft. In addition to firefighting resources, shelter operations staff and emergency communications capabilities are also being mobilized. More than 300 personnel have been mobilized to assist with the wildfire activity. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Southern Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident alongside Los Angeles and Burbank Fire Departments. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California. The federal grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs. Additional information is available at:

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Butte County Due to Ponderosa Fire

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 17:38

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the effects of the Ponderosa Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

The full text of the proclamation is below, or you can read the full news release on the Governor’s website here.

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on August 29, 2017, the Ponderosa Fire started in Butte County and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and

WHEREAS this fire has destroyed multiple homes and is threatening additional homes and other structures, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and

WHEREAS the fire has damaged and continues to threaten critical infrastructure, including power lines, and has forced the closure roadways; and

WHEREAS extreme weather conditions and high temperatures have further increased the risk of fires; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exists in Butte County due to the Ponderosa Fire; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8571 of the Government Code, I find that strict compliance with the various statutes and regulations specified in this order would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the Ponderosa Fire.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in Butte County.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all residents are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

2. The Office of Emergency Services shall provide local government assistance to Butte County, if appropriate, under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act, Government Code section 8680 et seq., and California Code of Regulations, Title 19, section 2900 et seq.

3. The provisions of Unemployment Insurance Code section 1253 imposing a one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance applicants are suspended as to all applicants who are unemployed as a direct result of the Ponderosa Fire who applied for unemployment insurance benefits during the time period beginning August 29, 2017 and ending on the close of business on February 28, 2018, and who are otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

4. Vehicle Code sections 9265(a), 9867, 14901, 14902, and 15255.2, requiring the imposition of fees, are suspended with regard to any request for replacement of a driver’s identification card, vehicle registration certificate, or certificate of title, by any individual who lost such records as a result of the Ponderosa Fire. Such records shall be replaced without charge.

5. The provisions of Vehicle Code sections 4602 and 5902, requiring the timely registration or transfer of title are suspended with regard to any registration or transfer of title by any resident of Butte County who is unable to comply with those requirements as a result of the Ponderosa Fire. The time covered by this suspension shall not be included in calculating any late penalty pursuant to Vehicle Code section 9554.

6. Health and Safety Code sections 103525.5 and 103625, and Penal Code section 14251, requiring the imposition of fees, are hereby suspended with regard to any request for copies of certificates of birth, death, marriage, and dissolution of marriage records, by any individual who lost such records as a result of the Ponderosa Fire. Such copies shall be provided without charge.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this Proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 1st day of September 2017.

_____________________________
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

ATTEST:

_____________________________
ALEX PADILLA
Secretary of State

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring National Preparedness Month

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:50
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring September 2017 as “National Preparedness Month” in the State of

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