SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the San Pablo Avenue Fire that occurred March 27, 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 April 10.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties.
“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 finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and … continue reading »
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 »
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.
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 »
Recovery is often the longest and hardest part of a disaster as the rebuilding process can take months and sometimes years. Two months after the Clayton Fire ravaged Lake County, the recovery process moves into the next phase with clean-up operations underway.
For the 188 homes destroyed by the Clayton Fire in Lake County, cleanup is a very important part of the recovery. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in partnership with CalRecycle and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, have been working on the sites to help homeowners begin the rebuilding process.
As part of recovery, damaged home sites need to be cleared and deemed safe before homeowners can rebuild. The first … continue reading »
A Local Assistance Center (LAC) is scheduled to open at the William S. Hart Park Hart Hall on Friday, August 5, 2016.
The LAC is available to all residents impacted by the recent Sand Fire that burned over 37,000 acres, resulting in the evacuations of 10,000 homes and 20,000 people. The center will serve as a one-stop source for information including how to replace records lost in the fire, initiate building permit requests and apply for assistance. No donations will be accepted at the LAC.
The LAC is scheduled to be open from August 5th through August 8th. The days and hours of operation are: Friday, August 5 (1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.), Saturday August 6 (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) and Monday, August 8 (1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). The LAC is closed on Sunday, August … continue reading »
Small, nonfarm businesses in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the rain and wind in Kings County that occurred April 8 – May 6, 2016, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center ‑ West.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.
Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and … continue reading »
Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci, Chief Deputy Director Nancy Ward and Major General David Baldwin of the California National Guard visited the Kern County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Friday, July 1, 2016 to discuss the latest updates on recovery and response to the Erskine Fire with local officials.
Removing debris from more than 140,000 acres of scorched earth in rural areas was no easy task. That was the scenario following last year’s Butte Fire in Calaveras County and Valley Fire in Lake County.
Cal OES and CalRecycle have worked together with the counties to clear the way for survivors to return home. Recently, debris removal in Calaveras County was completed and the last haul in Lake County is around the corner.
The road to recovery is often a long one. Almost nine months after the fires, these two communities continue to make great progress towards becoming whole again. Cal OES continues to provide support to Lake and Calaveras counties as they rebuild and recover from last year’s devastating fires.
Wildfire survivors in Calaveras and Lake counties who lost important documents can use this guide to help obtain replacements.
All of the organizations listed below offer online resources. If personal computers aren’t available, public libraries and other agencies may have computers available to the general public.
Who to Contact for Replacement
California’s CalFresh is part of the federal program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as Food Stamps). Lost EBT card replacements – Call 877-328-9677 right away, or contact your local county social services worker.
Birth and Death Certificates
Birth and Death Certificates-California Department of Public Health or online at www.cdph.ca.gov or by calling 916-445-2684. $25 fee for replacement.