California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 Sand Fire burning in Los Angeles County near Santa Clarita. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 20,000 acres, threatening areas around Sylmar, Lancaster, Pacoima, Palcerita, Sand Canyon and Aqua Dulce. Evacuations are already underway. The fire is threatening about 3,000 homes in the area. The impacted area is a mix of federal, state, county and private land.
Strong winds, very hot temperatures during the day, with little-to-no cooling overnight have fed the flames and caused rapid growth. Rugged, steep and brush-covered terrain has also made for difficult firefighting conditions.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Moraga sinkhole that began March 13, 2016, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received on July 8, from Gov. Edmond Brown Jr.’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Solano counties.
“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist California’s small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Administrator Contreras-Sweet.
More than 350,000 households were evacuated at the height of the siege, meaning the evacuation could have included more than 900,000 people. Qualcomm Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, became the evacuation center and shelter for thousands of evacuees. It was a brilliant move but not without its many challenges, including how to treat the many who suffered from health and medical problems.
Dr. James Dunford was the chief medical doctor there, the medical incident commander if you will, and his job was to manage both patients and staff and the makeshift hospital established inside Qualcomm Stadium. In this podcast, he talks about how the tremendous community response aided in the overall success of patient treatment, including pharmacy cooperation, voluntary medical staff, and the success of ICS/HICS.
Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci this evening secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital public safety resources to suppress the Sage Fire burning in the Stevenson Ranch area of Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
As of 7pm Saturday evening, Los Angeles County officials report the fire has burned more than 800 acres, caused more than 2,000 residents to evacuate from at least 700 homes, and is threatening areas near the Morning Mist community. An evacuation center has been opened at the West Ranch High School, 26255 West Valencia Boulevard in Stevenson Ranch. The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is at … continue reading »
Grant awards for the 2016-2017 Elder Abuse Program have been announced by the Cal OES Victim Services and Public Safety Branch.
The purpose of the 24-month Elder Abuse Program grant is to enhance the safety of elder and dependent adult victims of crime by providing direct services to victims and bridging the gap between elder justice service providers (including Adult Protective Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, providers of legal assistance) and victim service providers.
This program will provide support for communities to improve their ability to identify the needs of victims of elder and dependent adult abuse and to improve the delivery of services. This will be accomplished by:
Funding an Elder Abuse Victim Specialist solely dedicated to serving elder and dependent adult victims
Providing and coordinating direct services for elder and dependent adult victims
Expanding the communities’ capacity to … continue reading »
The likeliness of a catastrophic earthquake occurring in California, similar to the devastating Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, in the next 30 years has increased to a 72 percent probability, per the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Due to heightened risk, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) jointly announced the 2016 Bay Area Earthquake Plan during a rollout event at the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services in Dublin. The plan was created to assist local governments and specifies strategies to support access to the Bay Area following a major earthquake.
The new plan is an update to the 2008 version, referred to as the San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Readiness Response: Concept of Operations Plan. Key improvements include the provision of a multi-modal transportation … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – At the request of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California National Guard deployed four of its helicopters and aircrews Sunday morning to assist California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection (CAL FIRE) firefighting operations at the Deer and Curry Fires. The request came Friday through the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
“This is a call we’ve been anticipating, so our air crews are geared up and ready to support,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard. “Cal Guardsmen train year-round with CAL FIRE and Cal OES; we know it takes everyone on board to effectively combat these immense fires.”
The four Army National Guard aircraft active in supporting CAL FIRE include two UH-60 Black Hawk and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The aircraft … continue reading »