March is Women’s History Month and a time to honor the accomplishments and contributions of the many women who have left their mark in American history. This month is especially notable as the nation pays tribute to them and the important role they have played in our country’s past, present and future. As part of celebrating Women’s History Month, we will feature various leaders and pioneers that have helped shape our country.
The first in the series of remarkable women leaders is one of the most honored women in American history: Clarissa “Clara” Harlowe Barton. Clara began teaching school at a time when most teachers were men. She was among the first women to be employed by the federal government. Barton risked her life securing supplies and nursing soldiers during the Civil War. In 1881, at age … continue reading »
Coalinga, a small city in Fresno County with a population of about 16,000, was rattled by a damaging earthquake 33 years ago this month. Occurring at 4:42 p.m. on May 2, 1983, the shock was felt from the greater Los Angeles area, north to Lassen County in Susanville, and into western Nevada.
A 6.4 magnitude, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake was caused by an undetected fault under the surface. For two subsequent months following the earthquake, more than 5,000 aftershocks were recorded, with as many as 894 with a magnitude of 2.5 or larger and with the majority occurring in Coalinga.
Though no deaths were reported, the American Red Cross confirmed 94 were injured. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) released a preliminary estimate of property damage at $31 million.
The Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties, and the Valley Fire in Lake and Napa Counties have devastated residential neighborhoods, displacing hundreds of residents. Response from the public has been tremendous and the need for donations continues.
If you have family and/or friends who’ve been impacted by either the Butte Fire or Valley Fire and are in need of getting donations to them we have some helpful information for you.
A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide shelter for someone who has had to leave their home and food and water for them to eat. Help people affected by disasters like these wildfires and countless other … continue reading »
The long road toward recovery from the devastating Round Fire has begun for residents of Mono County.
At the direction of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who on February 26 proclaimed a state of emergency for the county, personnel from CalRecycle are conducting pre-tests for the owner-authorized removal of debris from private properties that were damaged and destroyed by the fire. The … continue reading »
Sacramento – On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) activated the State Operations Center (SOC) in support of the Inland Region Emergency Operations Center (REOC) and locals counties due to 11 fires currently burning throughout California.
More than 182,000 acres have been charred across the state fed by high temperatures, wind gusts and dry fuels significantly contributed by the ongoing drought. More than 4,000 heroic firefighters are helping combat the flames
While all the fires are our priority there are three of major concern due to the rapid rate of spread.
The Boles Fire in Siskiyou County began on Monday afternoon and spread rapidly destroying 150 homes and currently threatens 1,000 single residences and 100 non-residential commercial properties. … continue reading »
Extreme drought conditions and summer’s high temperatures have California firefighters battling the Courtney Fire in Madera County. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting funds for those local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire.
So far, the fire has consumed more than 320 acres, threatening structures and causing evacuations near the Bass Lake and Oakhurst communities.
The grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their fire suppression costs.
When the Napa Earthquake hit in the very early morning hours on August 24, 2014, it rocked people in the Bay Area out of their sleep. Local emergency responders reacted immediately, and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services quickly went into action to aid them. This is an exclusive, inside look at the first 48 hours.
Then, just over a week after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California following the South Napa Earthquake, President Barack Obama declared a Major Disaster in the state.
The President’s action, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, makes federal funding available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private … continue reading »