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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to California’s Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation Due to Early January Storms


Feb 16, 2017 12:27 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 storm that occurred Jan. 3-5, 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 for the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

“Private nonprofit organizations should contact acting Chief Tamara Scott of the Proclamation and Recovery Planning Division at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services by calling (916) 845-8245 or emailing tamara.scott@caloes.ca.gov to obtain information about applicant briefings,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “At the briefings, private nonprofit representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” … 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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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Pilot Fire in San Bernardino County


Aug 8, 2016 8:10 pm

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 Pilot Fire burning in San Bernardino County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 6,298 acres, threatening areas near Miller Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle area, Arrowhead Lake and Highway 138. Structures are threatened and evacuations are underway.

Cal OES Fire and Southern Region personnel are currently responding in concert with other federal, state and local agencies to address emergency management and mutual aid needs for the incident. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and historic statewide drought have made ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.

The federal grant, which is provided … continue reading »


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Cal OES Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Sand Fire in Southern California


Jul 23, 2016 8:45 pm
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CalOES-Horizontal-Large-JPGCalifornia Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 Sand Fire burning in Los Angeles County near Santa Clarita. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 20,000 acres, threatening areas around Sylmar, Lancaster, Pacoima, Palcerita, Sand Canyon and Aqua Dulce. Evacuations are already underway. The fire is threatening about 3,000 homes in the area. The impacted area is a mix of federal, state, county and private land.

Strong winds, very hot temperatures during the day, with little-to-no cooling overnight have fed the flames and caused rapid growth. Rugged, steep and brush-covered terrain has also made for difficult firefighting … continue reading »


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Cal OES Director Secures Federal Aid to Assist Agencies Battling Sage Fire Near Stevenson Ranch


Jul 9, 2016 8:00 pm
Sage Fire Incident Command Post Officials Looking at a Map of the Fire near Stevenson Ranch, California
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Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci this evening secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital public safety resources to suppress the Sage Fire burning in the Stevenson Ranch area of Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

As of 7pm Saturday evening, Los Angeles County officials report the fire has burned more than 800 acres, caused more than 2,000 residents to evacuate from at least 700 homes, and is threatening areas near the Morning Mist community. An evacuation center has been … continue reading »


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RAW VIDEO: Erskine Fire Burns Through Communities Near Lake Isabella


Jun 24, 2016 6:28 pm

Law enforcement and fire agencies from around California form mutual aid teams in response to the raging Erskine Fire in Kern County.

This fire is burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County and currently estimated at roughly 30,000 acres. There are currently more 800 fire fighters on scene, with several hundred more enroute through the California statewide mutual aid program coordinated by Cal OES.

Evacuations remain in effect for Bella Vista, South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Squirrel Valley, and Yankee Canyon. Hwy 178 is closed at Hwy 155 and at Sierra Way. Kernville Elementary School is now the primary shelter for evacuees. There are approximately 125 evacuees at the elementary school.

The Red Cross Safe & Well site is available for those looking … continue reading »


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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Erskine Fire in Kern County


Jun 23, 2016 10:26 pm
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Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 Erskine Fire burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 2,500 acres, has destroyed structures, and is threatening areas near Lake Isabella. Evacuations are in effect for the areas of Bella Vista, South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Squirrel Valley and Yankee … continue reading »


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