SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding


Mar 21, 2017 11:16 am

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, on March 17, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Plumas, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba counties in California; and Washoe County in Nevada.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing California with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help … continue reading »


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The Changing Colors of the California Drought


Mar 21, 2017 9:32 am

Californians changed their habits and attitudes about water conservation and use over the last three years. They succeeded in a challenge to meet a tough but attainable goal of a reduction of water usage by 20% statewide. And Mother Nature came through at the 11th hour when we were all planning on a full sixth consecutive year of drought.

The big take away from the graphic below is that, as of March, 2017, nearly 77% of the state is not in any drought category. How about that? Further analysis of the graphic shows that none of California is in the Extreme or Exceptional Drought categories. Only one percent is in the Severe drought category, eight percent in Moderate Drought, 23% is shown to be Abnormally Dry. The changing colors (or lack-thereof) are as lovely as those … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to February Storms, Damage to Oroville Dam Spillway


Mar 19, 2017 5:37 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to aid with repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway and to bolster state and local recovery efforts following February storms that caused major flooding, levee breeches, the evacuation of residents, power outages and extensive damage to roads and bridges across California.

Governor Brown today also issued an emergency proclamation adding Contra Costa and Solano counties to the 48 other counties included in his March 7, 2017 State of Emergency due to storms in February.

Today’s request follows three other separate Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requests – granted last month and last week – to support the response efforts for the situation at the Oroville Dam, impacts of the early January storm system and impacts of the late January storm system. In addition, Governor Brown has issued emergency declarations … continue reading »


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President Donald J. Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration


Mar 16, 2017 1:19 pm

Cal OES & Fema LogosToday, President Donald J. Trump declared a major disaster exists in the State of California and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 18 to January 23, 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 the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in the counties of El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yolo.

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Repairing Roads a Priority from Fallout of Powerful Winter Storms


Mar 15, 2017 9:55 am

Relentless winter storms caused flooding, threats of levee breaches and severe weather across California throughout January and February. While precipitation was much needed after six-plus years of drought, the endless amount of rain and snow in such a short period created public safety concerns.

Most of the wet weather was triggered by atmospheric river storms – waves of moisture that move north from tropical areas and over the West Coast. Recovery from the storms is ongoing and will be a long-term process.

Among the concerns from the storm fallout is significant road damage, specifically in the Sierras. Caltrans District 3, which maintains and operates 1,491 center-line miles and 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties, has 45 emergency contracts currently open at a cost of $63.4 million.

All of the mountain highways … continue reading »


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Just Push Publish & Other Great Government Podcasting Advice From Ray Ortega


Mar 14, 2017 12:23 pm
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Ray Ortega is the host of The Podcasters’ Studio and Podcasters’ Roundtable … both shows are podcasts about podcasting. He launched his first podcast in 2007 which was called Produce Picker Podcast.

In 2009, he created The Podcasters’ Studio to share what he had learned while producing his first podcast and to teach himself audio-only podcast production.  Podcasting quickly became a full-time hobby and eventually his job – more accurately, his dream job.

Ray Ortega References the Power of the Mobile Phone

 

 

In this episode of All Hazards we’re going to talk about podcasting in general, podcasting in the government sector and how it might fit in with your office’s public outreach messaging.  We’ll offer some tips to get you started if you think your audience might want to listen to what you have to say, how you might improve your existing podcast, and what some of the trends are in podcasting.

 

 

 

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Guest: Ray Ortega; ThePodcastersStudio.com; RayOrtega.com;

Twitter: @PodcastHelper

Professional Podcast Producer. Host of The Podcasters’ Studio & Podcasters’ Roundtable. “YouTuber” at http://youtube.com/rayortega 

 


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On The Road With PDA Teams in Contra Costa County


Mar 10, 2017 7:49 pm

Preliminary Damage Assessment teams are scouring counties all over California, trying to tally the cost of damage to public infrastructure during the storms in February.  For the governor to declare a state of emergency, and for a possible presidential disaster proclamation and receive financial help from the federal government, the state must know what reasonable damage and repair cost estimates are. Both state and federal representatives conduct PDA’s. In the video below we shadow one PDA Team in Contra Costa County (we want to thank them for allowing us to tag along, and for their patience with us.)

Once all the data has been compiled by federal teams (FEMA), it’s turned over to Cal OES, which compares it to their own data.  It is important … continue reading »


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