Thomas Fire, Hillsides of Ventura

Disaster-Prone California Has a Robust History of Emergency Proclamations

2018 roared in like a lion, took a brief nap, then continued to wreak havoc on the state prone to natural disasters. January saw the continuing of response to and recovery from the Thomas, Lilac, Creek and Rye wildfires, to the mudslides in Montecito, then on to more wildfires in the form of the Lake, Carr, Ferguson, River, Ranch and Holy Fires, just to mention a few. But mutual aid response from around California, our partner states and countries made fighting these fires an exercise in coordination, productivity and victory.

Take a look at the list below and you’ll quickly see how the state’s response and recovery resources were tested in just the last two years. And this list is not all-inclusive; those are just the proclamations for those disasters that resulted in physical damage that may have rendered property eligible for property tax relief.

For a more complete look at the last 28 years, click the link below.


California’s Last Two Years’ Worth of Governor Proclaimed Disasters

Source: California Board of Equalization

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California’s List of Governor-Proclaimed Disasters Dating Back to 1991











Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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