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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Detwiller Fire in Mariposa County


Jul 17, 2017 8:56 pm
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Mark Ghilarducci, Director Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Detwiller Fire burning in Mariposa County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 11,000 acres, threatening structures near the areas of Hornitos, Bear Valley and Bagby. Cal OES is working with CAL FIRE and Mariposa County to mobilize multiple fire strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire … continue reading »


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California’s Fire Mutual Aid System Mobilizing Hundreds of Resources to Wildfires Throughout the State


Jul 15, 2017 12:30 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 15, 2017) — California’s firefighting mutual aid system continues working at full speed this weekend sending firefighters and resources from across the state to join the battle at 12 major wildfires threatening dozens of communities at both ends of the state.  As of Saturday, there were more than 400 engines, four dozen aircraft and over 7,000 personnel working on wildfires that have already burned as much as 159,000 acres statewide.

“Our tried-and-true mutual aid system is working just as designed. We’re strategically deploying a lot of resources to these wildfires regardless of where they’re burning,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Our number one priority is to protect lives and property using the most effective combination of local, state and federal resources through a unified effort,” said … continue reading »


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President Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California


Apr 2, 2017 7:02 am

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from February 1 to February 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 severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Sacramento, San … continue reading »


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SBA to Open Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Big Sur


Mar 30, 2017 11:33 am

U.S. Small Business Administration to open additional Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Big Sur to meet the needs of businesses and individuals who were affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017. It will be open two days only beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.


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AERIAL VIDEO: Northern California’s Super Saturation as Even More Storms Roll into Region


Feb 19, 2017 5:40 pm

Today the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, with a lift by the California National Guard, toured the flooded and super saturated areas of Northern California along the #Sacramento River. Below is raw video from an aerial survey of the conditions of rivers and levees in the greater Sacramento area, heading towards Colusa County.

This was shot from a California National Guard helicopter carrying emergency management officials responsible for coordinating the state’s response to the winter weather impacts. Video shot on Sunday, February 19, 2017 by Cal OES.

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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to California Private Nonprofit Organizations


Feb 16, 2017 12:21 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in California following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 3-12, 2017, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.

SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, … continue reading »


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LOOKBACK: Documentary Captures Sights, Sounds of Northridge Quake in 1994


Jan 17, 2017 2:45 pm

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake began around 4:30 a.m. with violent shaking that lasted 10 to 20 seconds. According to sensors in the area, it was among the strongest and fastest ground movement recorded in North America. In its wake, the shaking left 57 residents of Los Angeles County dead and more than 11,800 residents of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties injured.

Below is a documentary commissioned by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in 1995 that captures that sometimes shocking and disastrous impacts of the Northridge earthquake of the prior year.

“This disaster helped shape the face of modern emergency management in California, a model that is replicated around the U.S. and in many countries around the globe,” said California Governor’s Office of Emergency … continue reading »


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