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If Traveling, Be Aware Freezing Temps Could Make Driving Treacherous

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Close in Bonsall

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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

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

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.