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

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.

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Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public 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 and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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