Tag: floods

Preliminary Damage Assessments Ongoing After Three Months of Winter Storms Damage

Mar 7, 2017 1:02 pm

So, you may have seen references to PDA’s but aren’t sure what they are. In the world of emergency management, it’s the abbreviation for Preliminary Damage Assessments (c’mon, you know everything in government must have an abbreviation or acronym.) That’s exactly what’s happening right now in areas around the state that have suffered damage from the winter storms that began in December 2016, and continued to kick California around through February; and they may not be over just yet.

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.

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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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Time is now to reassess flood preparedness before next storm

Jan 13, 2017 3:46 pm

The calm is here before yet another storm is upon us. After heavy rain and snow ushered in 2017 earlier this week, the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that an additional significant storm is on the horizon for California beginning as early as Tuesday.

“We’re looking at another atmospheric river storm for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Michelle Mead. “We have dry/sunny weather from now, Friday, January 13, through Tuesday, January 17. This will be time for high running river and creeks to recede and for the ground to soak up some of the standing water that is around.”

Some areas received heavy precipitation throughout a seven-day observation period. Soda Springs recorded between 21-22 inches of precipitation, followed by … continue reading »

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Flood Control Gets Weir’d

Jan 12, 2017 6:21 pm

It’s been quite some time since California got a good soaking and this last series of storms has definitely left its mark. Just this morning an additional 15 gates were opened on the Sacramento Weir.

“Excuse me? Sacramento Weir?”  We’ve been hearing this a lot the past few days at Cal OES. Even from residents in the Sacramento region. So, we thought it would be helpful or at least interesting to explain what all this “Weir” talk is about.

Sacramento Valley has a history of floods that goes back as long as people have populated the region. Prior to flood management, the Sacramento Valley would become an “inland sea,” nearly every year during the winter months.

In fact, in January 1850, a major flood devastated the new city of Sacramento, as well as other low lying towns in the … continue reading »

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Add Emergency Preparedness to New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

Jan 5, 2017 10:34 am

With the calendar flipping to 2017, those pesky New Year’s Resolutions once again become a priority. Whether it’s making plans to regularly attend the gym, eat healthier or other timely concessions, there may be one resolution that is often overlooked.

The importance of being prepared for emergencies or natural disasters is always paramount.

Living in California provides unmatched accommodations and beauty, but it’s also prone to the constant threat of disasters, such as earthquakes, flooding and wildfires.

To assist in your New Year’s Resolutions, here are some emergency preparedness tips for these five specific disasters:



Spring Has Sprung! Get Ready for Some of America’s Wildest Weather

Mar 17, 2015 3:17 pm

Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases, so planning ahead makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.

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