Author: Monica Vargas

Swiftwater Rescue Teams Pre-Positioned Throughout State Ahead of Storms


Feb 20, 2017 6:01 pm

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services pre-positioned nine Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams throughout the state as a precautionary measure with another significant storm pounding Northern California. The teams are currently staged in the counties of Butte, Yuba, Sutter, Sacramento, Stanislaus, and Merced.

The pre-positioning of these specialized resources is a proactive measure to protect lives and provide rapid response to requests for assistance from local government during the current storms. Teams are deployed as part of the Cal OES Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid system, which is a neighbor helping neighbor sharing of resources.

“The pre-deployment is a move by Cal OES to be proactive in our ability to protect lives in the event that the resources are needed and to decrease the response time for specialized resources that we have available,” said Brian Woodbeck, … continue reading »


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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California


Feb 15, 2017 1:11 am

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Press Release issued on February 14, 2017: 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 3 to January 12, 2017.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa … continue reading »


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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Hoopa Valley Tribe


Feb 15, 2017 1:09 am

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Press Release issued on February 14, 2017: 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Hoopa Valley Tribe to supplement the Tribe’s recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm from January 3 to January 5, 2017.

Federal funding is available to the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm.

Federal funding is also available to the Tribe on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.

Timothy J. Scranton has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Scranton said additional designations may be made at a later date if … continue reading »


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President Trump Approves California Emergency Declaration


Feb 15, 2017 1:01 am

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Press Release issued on February 14, 2017: 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of California to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the potential failure of the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville Dam beginning on February 7, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts that have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the … continue reading »


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Avalanche Control Crews Keep Traffic Flowing and Travelers Safe


Feb 3, 2017 12:34 pm

This winter the California Sierras saw massive amounts of snow thanks to recent storms. The Lake Tahoe area and Highway 50 was especially impacted by many feet of snow and Caltrans was ready with operations to keep traffic moving and travelers safe.

With the increase in snow came an increase in travelers on the highways out to take advantage of the fresh powder on the mountains. We often travel highways all year round not knowing exactly what is taking place behind the scenes to help us get to our destination safely. This years storms had Caltrans hard at work around the clock to prevent avalanches from impacting Highway 50 and its motorists.

The Caltrans avalanche control crew is the team that gets the job done when it comes to getting ahead of avalanche risk that … continue reading »


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Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking


Jan 26, 2017 5:04 pm

Did you know January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month? According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

Human trafficking is a serious crime with millions of victims all over the world, including California. Awareness of what human trafficking is, how to recognize signs, and how to report the suspected crime is an important part we can all play. It is important for the public to not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. The public should instead contact local law enforcement or call the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423.

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