Tag: Santa Barbara

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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Volunteers of the Refugio Oil Spill

Jun 19, 2015 3:07 pm

Cal OES joined other state and federal agencies to form a Unified Command at the Santa Barbara County EOC. There, the UC coordinated all response and recovery efforts to the Refugio Oil Spill. Critical to our efforts were the teams of volunteers. But getting those teams together and ready to hit the beach is not as easy as it may seem.

The Volunteers’ Story

Crews Clean Crude Oil at Refugio State Beach (Photo by: Shawn Boyd, Cal OES)

The Refugio Oil Spill occurred on May 19, 2015, just north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California. The oil spill came from a pipeline owned … continue reading »

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California Recovery Specialists Deploy to Assist New Mexico After Intense Flooding

Nov 18, 2013 11:45 am

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SACRAMENTO-The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has directed the County of Santa Barbara’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for the deployment of two disaster recovery specialists to New Mexico in support of the ongoing recovery efforts following severe storms, flooding and debris slides.

The two personnel tasked for deployment are Certified Emergency Managers from the County of Santa Barbara’s Office of Emergency Management. The personnel arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Sunday and will stay for approximately 21 days.

“It’s absolutely critical that we support our state partners in their recovery efforts when we are able to provide those valuable human resources,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “The expertise of these … continue reading »

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