Mayor Garcetti (Local), then Governor Brown (State), and now President Trump (National) have all officially declared the State of Emergency for the California Wildfires disaster. Assistance to help families up to the Federal level will be made available with these official declarations. Information about how to apply for disaster assistance and emergency resources is available on the FEMA Disaster Assistance Website.
The December 2017 California Firestorm has devastated communities across Southern California. Families had to evacuate their homes with a moments notice.
This is a good time to check your “Go Bag” in case you have to leave suddenly during an emergency or disaster. Be sure to have copies of the important documents that you will need during recovery.
Visit the CAL FIRE WEBSITE for more and updated information on the California fire incidents.
DOWNLOAD THIS FEMA PUBLICATION for more information on protecting your critical documents and valuables
WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, life, personal safety, and access to safe shelters for disaster survivors remain a priority of local responders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family.
To aid in life sustaining missions, six FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task forces are deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and are working in tandem with numerous federal partners to rescue and render aid to distressed survivors in the region. Additional FEMA US&R task forces are arriving today to expand operations, as areas become accessible. FEMA US&R task forces currently conducting operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands include Virginia Task Forces 1 and 2, Florida Task Forces 1 and 2, and California Task Forces 6 and 7. Components of New York Task Force 1 and Massachusetts Task Force 1 are on the ground providing logistics support.
Federal partners assisting with Search and Rescue (SAR) missions include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Department of the Interior / National Park Service.
Collectively, these federal agencies have rescued 180 individuals and searched more than 45 structures in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.