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California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Communities Impacted by Wildfires

SACRAMENTO – Acting Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the President and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have granted California’s request, submitted yesterday, for a Presidential Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance to supplement the state and local emergency response to major wildfires burning in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

“California is appreciative for the timely response, which will help emergency responders in their heroic efforts to protect Californians and their communities,” said Acting Governor Newsom.

This federal assistance includes air assets to mitigate the impacts of the fires, shelter supplies and water for evacuated residents. It also provides support for mass care, ambulatory transport and the evacuation of individuals with access and functional needs. This aid will help save lives and protect property and public health and safety.

Acting Governor Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has also activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and is coordinating with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address emergency management needs.

More information on state and federal emergency declarations can be found here.




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Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake, 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake EMAC PIO, 2020 fire siege and the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in the executive, international affairs and technology offices.

3 thoughts on “California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Communities Impacted by Wildfires

  • November 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    according to fema, we have not received authorization for federal assistance and could not register for assistance.
    can you advise me.
    thank you
    grover boden
    camp fire evacuee

  • November 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Please send me a link to assistance once FEMA has become availabe. Thank you

  • November 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I want to serve people of CA suffering from CA Fire. I also plans to mitigate fire impact ASAP by utilising my MBA Disaster Management. My parents resident of Mission Gateway, CA. If I get permission to serve from Governor office to mitigate impact of fire, I can start soon giving my services to help mitigate fire & to support by designing future fire impact reduction plan.
    Best Regards
    Anil Dhiman


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