State - CA (California)

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

Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Helena Fire in Trinity County

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:22

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 Helena Fire burning in Trinity County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 5,000 acres, threatening lives and property near the areas of Helena and Weaverville. Cal OES is working with CAL FIRE and Trinity County to mobilize multiple fire 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 380 local, state and federal 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.

Additional information is available at:

Fire Management Assistance Grants –

Helena Fire Information page –

Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services –

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Trinity County Due to Helena Fire

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 20:15

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

Read the full news release here:

The full text of the proclamation is below:


WHEREAS on August 30, 2017, the Helena Fire started in Trinity 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 hundreds of 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 of major highways and local roads; 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 Trinity County due to the Helena 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 Helena 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 Trinity County.

  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 citizens are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.
  2. The California National Guard shall mobilize as necessary under Military and Veterans Code section 146 (mobilization in case of catastrophic fires) to support disaster response and relief efforts and shall coordinate with all relevant state agencies, including the Office of Emergency Services, and all relevant state and local emergency responders and law enforcement within the impacted areas.
  3. The Office of Emergency Services shall provide local government assistance to Trinity 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.
  4. 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 Helena Fire who applied for unemployment insurance benefits during the time period beginning August 30, 2017 and ending on the close of business on February 28, 2018, and who are otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
  5. 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 Helena Fire. Such records shall be replaced without charge.
  6. 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 Trinity County who is unable to comply with those requirements as a result of the Helena Fire. The time covered by this suspension shall not be included in calculating any late penalty pursuant to Vehicle Code section 9554.
  7. 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 Helena Fire. Such copies shall be provided without charge.
  8. State statutes, rules, regulations and requirements are hereby suspended to the extent they apply to the following activities: (a) removal, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste and debris resulting from the Helena Fire that has burned and continues to burn in areas that are subject to the jurisdiction of agencies within the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency; and (b) necessary restoration and rehabilitation of timberland, streams, rivers, and other waterways. Such statutes, rules, regulations and requirements are hereby suspended only to the extent necessary for expediting the removal and cleanup of debris from the Helena Fire, and for implementing any restoration plan. Individuals who desire to conduct activities under this suspension of statutes, rules, regulations, and requirements shall first request that the appropriate Agency Secretary, or his delegate, make a determination that the proposed activities are eligible to be conducted under this suspension. The Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency shall use sound discretion in applying this Executive Order to ensure that the suspension serves the purpose of accelerating cleanup and recovery, while at the same time protecting public health and the environment. This order shall apply to, but is not necessarily limited to: solid waste facility permits; waste discharge requirements for storage and disposal; emergency timber harvesting; emergency construction activities; and waste discharge requirements and/or Water Quality Certification for discharges of fill material or pollutants. To the extent it is within their administrative authority, the boards, departments and offices within the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency shall expedite the granting of other authorizations, waivers or permits necessary for the removal, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous debris resulting from the Helena Fire, and for other actions necessary for the protection of public health and the environment.
  9. As necessary to assist local governments and for the protection of public health and the environment, state agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and services necessary to quickly assist with the response to and recovery from the impacts of the fire. Applicable provisions of the Government Code and the Public Contract Code, including but not limited to travel, advertising, and competitive bidding requirements, are suspended to the extent necessary to address the effects of the fires.

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 31st day of August 2017.



Governor of California




Secretary of State


Extreme Heat Across State Activates Flex Alert

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:41

Summer isn’t over yet. Judging by this weekend’s forecast and beyond, there is minimal relief in sight.

The California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert today that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 1. Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use, as well as turn off all unnecessary lights, use major appliances before 1 p.m. and after 10 p.m., and set air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher to avoid any interruptions.

Forecasts now project record demand load on Friday and all available resources are ready to respond. The ISO’s service territory serves about 80 percent of California’s electricity consumers.

A Flex Alert is issued by the ISO when the electricity grid is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.

Conservation tips include:

  • Set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher and turn off, if away
  • Cool with fans and draw drapes
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
  • Use major appliances in morning or late evening

A grid operator monitors the daily forecast and has the ability to notify businesses, local governments, residents and state agencies by media reports or emails. These alerts are typically regionally targeted and grid operators can shift energy resources within different regions to handle anticipated demands.

The majority of the state will be under an “extreme heat warning” for Labor Day weekend, while hot temperatures will continue near the central coast early next week. Prolonged extreme heat will peak this weekend in the Sacramento Valley with slow moderation beginning Monday. Highs in the Sacramento Valley are expected to exceed 110 degrees, however the usual overnight cool-off will be non-existent with lows remaining in the mid-70s to 80 degrees in interior valleys and the Los Angeles Basin. Fire danger risks remain heavy throughout the state, specifically in the Northern California mountains. Isolated scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the Southern California deserts and mountains today. If you want to be notified immediately of a Flex Alert, click here.


Additional resources:



National Weather Service

California Sends More Help With Deployment of 2 Swiftwater Teams To Harvey

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:18

Given the ongoing impacts from Hurricane Harvey, the State of Texas requested additional Swiftwater Rescue support from the State of California. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. authorized the deployment of two additional Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Teams (SF-S&R) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to assist those affected in Texas. The request came through the State to State Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).

California’s Swiftwater/Flood Rescue teams, which are part of the State’s Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid System, are each comprised of 14 local fire department-based personnel and a command element with specialized capabilities such as inflatable rescue boat handling, flood search methodology, night search operations, mud and debris flow rescue, and specialized tools for locating and rescuing people trapped by flood waters.

The additional two swiftwater teams deployed include:

  • SF-S&R10 Ventura County Fire Department
  • SF-S&R12 Long Beach City Fire Department

Both teams were activated today with anticipation of a two-week deployment. In addition, Chief Officers from the Fire & Rescue Branch of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services also deployed with the Teams.

Over the past several days, California deployed eight Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces with water rescue capabilities to Hurricane Harvey. California’s vast response began August 25 when Governor Brown approved the deployment of CA-Task Force 5 (Orange County Fire Authority). The next day, CA-TF1(Los Angeles City Fire Department), CA-TF4 (Oakland City Fire Department) and CA-TF8 (San Diego City Fire Department) were deployed. CA-TF2 (Los Angeles County Fire Department), CA-TF3 (Menlo Park Fire Department), CA-TF6 (City of Riverside Fire Department) and CA-TF7 (Sacramento City Fire Department) all deployed units on Sunday.

“California is continuing to support all requests for resources, including personnel, as Hurricane Harvey continues its downpour on Texas and Louisiana,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “These teams will be a powerful asset to the teams already in the region performing life- and property-saving missions.”

In addition to Urban Search and Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue assets, California has deployed the 129th Para Rescue Unit and RC26 Ariel Reconnaissance Aircraft from the National Guard; two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and an EMAC/Incident Support Team Specialist.

EMAC, which includes the participation of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a nationally recognized mutual-aid system that provides the foundation for states to request and send resources across their borders when impacted by a disaster.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25 on the Gulf Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm due to a drop in wind speeds and storm intensity. Meanwhile, life-threatening and devastating flooding continues to be forecasted along the Texas coast due to heavy rainfall and storm surge. Texas Governor Abbott declared a state of disaster for 30 Texas counties in anticipation of Harvey making landfall.

Harvey set a new rainfall record with more than 51 inches in the Cedar Bayou gauge near Highlands, Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record for rainfall in the continental U.S. was 48 inches, also in Texas, during Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978.



Additional Hurricane Harvey resources:

Cal OES Special Operations

Cal OES Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces


Texas Department of Emergency Management

Cal OES newsroom

Cal OES Seeks Requests For Proposals for $1.4M for Victims of Domestic Violence

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:02

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services and Public Safety Branch, is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Law Enforcement Specialized Unit (LE) Program.

The purpose of the LE Program is to create or enhance specialized units to provide a coordinated response to victims of domestic violence and their children.  The specialized units will accomplish this purpose through investigation, immediate victim advocacy, training for patrol officers/first responders, and the development of effective protocols and practices that will continue after the grant cycle has ended.

There is approximately $1,422,000 in 2017 VAWA funding available for the LE Program. Applicants may request up to $203,143 for a 12-month subaward performance period that commences January 1, 2018, and ends December 31, 2018. Proposals are due by Monday October 2, 2017.   Proposals will be rated and ranked competitively.  Applicants are encouraged to read the entire RFP carefully to ensure proposals will be selected for funding.

Questions concerning this RFP, the proposal process, or programmatic issues should be submitted in writing by e-mail to Gina Avelar, Program Specialist, Criminal Justice Unit at  

The RFP can be found on the Cal OES website at


Pleasant Fire (Nevada County) Started 8/30/2017, updated 8/30/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:28
Fire burning/growing on SR-49 in the North San Juan area.

FEMA Shares Hurricane Harvey Resources for Texas Survivors, Volunteers

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:38

For the latest updates and information, visit the FEMA Hurricane Harvey webpage here.   . DENTON, Texas – As the remnants of Harvey continue to drift over the Texas coast, residents and would-be contractors and volunteers have plenty of resources to link them with help, as well as volunteer and other opportunities.

Here is a partial list. Keep in mind that the situation is evolving daily and some information may change or become outdated:


  • Anyone needing help (not a life-threatening emergency): 211
  • To report a missing child, contact the National Emergency Child Locator Center: 866-908-9570
  • To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, visit, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.




FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at and the FEMA Blog at

Photo: U.S. Department of Defense 

August is Horrendous Month for Hurricanes

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 09:18

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA,) a distinct hurricane season occurs from June 1 to November 30 in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, spiking from late August through September, with the season’s peak-activity occurring around September 10 each year. Earlier this month, NOAA said this hurricane season is going to be worse than initially thought, and subsequently increased its forecast to 14-19 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-5 major hurricanes.

A look back at history shows August as a horrendous month for hurricanes. August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, making it the worst disaster in U.S. history. Twelve years later, on that same date, the Texas coast was in the midst of its own hurricane disaster with Hurricane Harvey, and as of this publishing they’re still in full response mode.

Below is a list of notorious August hurricanes that challenged not only those communities impacted, but also the state and federal response agencies and out-of-state mutual aid resources including California’s Urban Search and Rescue and Swift Water Rescue Teams.

More than 140 people were killed in the Gulf Coast as a result of the storm. Downtown Pass Christian, Mississippi, (pictured above) was destroyed after a 24.6-foot storm surge. After slamming the Gulf Coast, the storm moved into Virginia, killing 113 due to flooding. Source: Notorious August Hurricanes

Hurricane Camille: Camille made landfall in Mississippi as a Category 5 hurricane on Aug. 16, 1969.

Hurricane Alicia: The only major hurricane from the 1983 Atlantic season, Alicia, made landfall on Aug. 18 near Galveston, Texas.

Hurricane Andrew: Andrew blasted southern Florida as a Category 5 hurricane on Aug. 24, 1992. It caused an estimated $26.5 billion in damage in the U.S. and directly claimed 23 lives. Three additional deaths were reported in Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Charley: Charley made landfall in southwestern Florida in August of 2004. Originally, the hurricane was predicted to hit Tampa, Florida, but instead curved toward Orlando, catching many off guard.

Hurricane Katrina: Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters to strike American soil. The system, a Category 3 hurricane at landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, led to devastation in the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Irene: Irene made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane in late August 2011. It stands as the seventh-costliest hurricane to hit the U.S., resulting in $16.5 billion in damage.

Gulf Coast Hurricanes

Hurricane Betsy – Louisiana, August 27, 1965

Hurricane Celia – Texas, August 31, 1970

Hurricane Carmen – Louisiana, August 29, 1974

Hurricane Anita – Mexico, August 29, 1977

Hurricane Frederic – Alabama, August 29, 1979

Hurricane Allen – Texas, August 1, 1980

Hurricane Alicia – Galveston, Texas, August 15, 1983

Hurricane Elena – Florida, Louisiana, August 28, 1985

Hurricane Bret – Texas, August 18, 1989


For more information on California’s USAR and Swift Water Rescue Teams follow the links:

Cal OES Special Operations

Task Force Locations

Urban Search & Rescue Participants



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