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Cal EMA's response to Wind Event – CDAA as of December 22, 2011

Federal Assistance

 

FEMA

I have attached the PDA results agreed upon by FEMA for the Southern California Wind event.  The total for LA County, San Bernardino County and State agencies is:  $  34,132,162.  This is below the state threshold of $50,292,841for FEMA assistance.  Recovery staff should have made their local contacts aware of the PDA total and asked them to provide any additional information that may not have been available during the PDA.  If it comes up, we are very unlikely to receive consideration from FEMA for any subsequent impacts in the affected area due to other events such as rain storms.  Based on our experience, they will be treated as separate events.

The Acting Secretary made the situation regarding the possibility of FEMA assistance very clear on a congressional/legislative call conducted yesterday.

 

SBA

We have the SBA declaration

 

State Assistance

 

We have a Proclamation of a State of Emergency invoking the powers of the Governor under the Emergency Services Act to take any actions necessary to manage the emergency.

CDAA was not provided in the proclamation.  A final determination regarding CDAA has not been made.  However, current general fund commitments for the program and general fund constraints in the State budget make it unlikely for this event.

 

 

The Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to request that all Los Angeles County Operational Area departments, agencies, unincorporated areas, cities, special districts including school districts to report any additional or previously unreported damages so that this information can be incorporated into the County’s damage estimates report that is being submitted to CalEMA for reevaluation.

High Wind Warning

The National Weather Service has issued the following High Wind Warning for Los Angeles County:

High Wind Warning issued December 21 at 4:13AM PST until December 23 at 12:00PM PST by NWS OxnardGUSTY AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING SANTA ANA WINDS EXPECTED THURSDAY INTO EARLY FRIDAY... .STRONG NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL DEVELOP EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INLAND THROUGH THE GREAT BASIN. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL AFFECT THE VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS…INCLUDING THE SANTA MONICAS…AND THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY. DAMAGING WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE OVER SOME COAST AND VALLEY LOCATIONS. WINDS WILL EASE SLIGHTLY LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON…THEN INCREASE AGAIN THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY. …HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM THURSDAY TO NOON PST FRIDAY…

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE LATE TONIGHT AND PEAK THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON…WITH ANOTHER PEAK THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS…WINDS MAY KNOCK DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES AND CAUSE UNSECURED OBJECTS TO BE BLOWN AROUND.
Target Area: Santa Clarita Valley, Los Angeles County Mountains excluding the Santa Monica Range; Ventura County Mountains


A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management

Dear Stakeholders,

 

A principle foundation in emergency management is to continually take into account, understand, and support the needs of the entire community in the work that we do.  Supporting and understanding the needs of the communities we serve is vital to effective disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

 

To this effort, over this past year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has engaged many of our emergency management partners – including local, tribal, state, territorial, and Federal representatives; academia; nongovernmental organizations; community members; and the private sector –– in a dialogue on whole community approach to emergency management.  A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action, synthesizes what was learned through research, conferences, listening sessions, and direct feedback from our partners that reflect some of the successes of a whole community approach across the country. We share this document in an effort to enhance the resiliency and security of our Nation through the whole community approach.

 

As always, FEMA will continue to support a national dialogue to exchange ideas, recommendations, and success stories, and we encourage you to send feedback about the whole community document to FEMA-Community-Engagement@fema.gov.

 

As always, thank you for your support.

US SBA DISASTER LOAN OUTREACH CENTER PRESS RELEASE INFORMATION – 12-19-11

 Disaster News

            Loans for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses of All Sizes


Release Date:  December 19, 2011

Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins

Release Number:  CA 12967-01

Phone:  (916) 735-1500

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Residents

and Businesses Affected by the Los Angeles High Winds


Sacramento, CA – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California residents and business owners affected by the Los Angeles County High Winds from November 30 through December 4, 2011, announced U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a December 13 request from Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated representative, Mike Dayton, Acting Secretary of California Emergency Management Agency.


The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Los Angeles County and the neighboring counties of Kern, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura.


“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Californians 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 residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Mills.  “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”


“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by the disaster,” said SBA’s Los Angeles District Director Victor Parker.  “Beginning Monday, December 19, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help each individual complete their application,” Parker continued.


The center will be open on the days and times indicated.  No appointment is necessary.

Los Angeles County

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Pasadena Fire Headquarters

(Across from the Hilton Hotel)

199 South Los Robles Avenue, Suite 550 (5th floor)

(Validated underground parking is available)

Pasadena, CA 91101

Opens Monday, December 19 at 1 pm

Open Tuesday, December 20 through Friday, December 23

9 am to 5:30 pm

Re-opens Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9 am

Open Monday, January 9 through Friday, January 20

9 am to 5:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays


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Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.


Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.


For small businesses and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size and aquaculture businesses, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.


Interest rates can be as low as 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based upon each applicant’s financial condition.


Applicants may apply online via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.


Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling SBA at (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.  Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.


The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is February 17, 2012.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is September 19, 2012.


For more information, visit SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov.

SBA Field Operations Center – West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

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Tanker Update

The California State Warning Center was notified of a vehicle accident yesterday on State Route 60 at Paramount Blvd in Montebello (Los Angeles County) that involved a tanker truck with two trailers of gasoline. The gasoline in the rear trailer burned and the gasoline from the front trailer was offloaded. State Route 60 was closed for this incident and remains closed. Cal Trans District 7 engineers continue to evaluate the integrity of the eastbound and westbound overpass structure that was involved in the accident. Per Cal Trans, the eastbound portion of the structure will be demolished. It is undetermined at this time if it will be necessary to demolish the westbound section as well. The estimated time of reopening is unknown. The California Department of Fish and Game responded as the initial report indicated that an unknown amount of hydrocarbons entered a nearby storm drain. Firefighting foam was discovered in the Rio Hondo River channel. There did not appear to be any obvious impacts or immediate threat to the environment. There was no notable sheen visible in the river channel. Clean up contractors are on scene and are engaged in clean-up efforts. The Department of Fish and Game will continue to monitor the situation through complete mitigation of overpass demolition and channel clean-up. There are no emergency management issues at this time.

Traffic Alert: Pomona (60) Freeway closure

TRAFFIC ALERT: Burning tanker truck shuts down Pomona (60) Freeway:

Thick, black smoke surged skyward after a tanker truck caught fire today on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello, but no one was hurt, authorities said.  Authorities closed the freeway in both directions at Paramount Boulevard about 12:10 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.  Firefighters from Montebello and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were sent to the area. The burning tanker was partially beneath the Paramount Boulevard overcrossing to the freeway.  Traffic was also diverted away from the overcrossing while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, an effort that was continuing nearly an hour afterward.
Two people in the cab of the truck managed to get out safely, CHP Officer Vince Ramirez told KCAL9. The preliminary investigation indicated that the truck's brakes may have overheated, Ramirez said. Fire crews sprayed a foamlike substance on the fire and by 1 p.m. appeared to have knocked down most of the flames.  CHP says Paramount Boulevard overpass will have to be inspected before the freeway can reopen.

SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT: High Winds Warning

Special Weather Statement
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
959 AM PST WED DEC 14 2011

CAZ034>041-044>046-051>054-059-087-088-547-548-152300-

LOS ANGELES COUNTY COAST INCLUDING DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES-
VENTURA COUNTY INTERIOR VALLEYS-VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL VALLEYS-
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATIONAL AREA-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS EXCLUDING THE SANTA MONICA RANGE-
ANTELOPE VALLEY-CATALINA ISLAND-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN FERNANDO VALLEY-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY-
1000 AM PM PST WED DEC 14 2011

…STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING OFFSHORE WINDS POSSIBLE THURSDAY
NIGHT THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST
CALIFORNIA…

A VIGOROUS UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO MOVE
SOUTHEAST AND QUICKLY THROUGH CENTRAL CALIFORNIA THURSDAY MORNING…
INTO SOUTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA BY THURSDAY EVENING…THEN INTO
NORTHWESTERN MEXICO BY EARLY FRIDAY. THIS SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO
REMAIN IN THIS AREA FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER PORTIONS OF
VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES THURSDAY NIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH
MUCH OF THE DAY ON FRIDAY. WINDS WILL INCREASE AGAIN FRIDAY NIGHT

AND TURN MORE NORTHEASTERLY AND PERSIST THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.
THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE AREAS FOR THE STRONG WINDS WILL BE ACROSS THE
MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS…ESPECIALLY BELOW AND THROUGH THE PASSES AND
CANYONS…AND THE COASTAL AREAS INCLUDING THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY
COAST FROM MALIBU TO THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS.


THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WIND GUSTS OF 60 MPH OR MORE
THROUGH FAVORED MOUNTAIN PASSES AND BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS OF THE
SANTA CLARITA VALLEY WITH THIS EVENT.
 A HIGH WIND WATCH IS IN EFFECT
FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES AND THE SANTA
CLARITA VALLEY FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
IN ADDITION…
STRONG GUSTS OF 40 MPH OR MORE WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR
THE WIND FAVORED AREAS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS…LOWER VALLEYS
AND COASTAL LOCATIONS…WHERE WIND ADVISORIES WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM THE STRONG WINDS INCLUDE DOWNED TREES AND
POWER LINES IN THE MOUNTAINS AND SANTA CLARITA VALLEY…AND STRONG
CROSS WINDS FOR MOTORISTS WHICH WOULD AFFECT HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.
THIS STRONG OFFSHORE WIND EVENT WILL ALSO BRING SUFFICIENTLY LOW
HUMIDITIES TO CREATE INCREASED FIRE WEATHER CONCERNS ACROSS THE
REGION.

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS
AND STATEMENTS ON THIS DEVELOPING WEATHER SITUATION

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Construction Closure

Notice of Day/Night Work Activity – December 16

 

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE VICINITY OF SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND OHIO AV

As part of the widening of the Ohio undercrossing at northbound 405, the contractor will erect pre-cast concrete girders on Friday, December 16, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 am.  This activity requires the full closure of Ohio Av, from Sepulveda to Sawtelle, from 8:00 pm on Friday, December 16 until 9:00 am Saturday, December 17, 2011.  The extended morning closure is required to complete the work.

What: Bridge girder installation

When: Installation is anticipated to take place on Friday, December 16, from 8:00 pm until 9:00 am Saturday, December 17, 2011.

Where:        Ohio Av, from Sepulveda to Sawtelle

What to expect:

  • Full closure of Ohio, from Sepulveda to Sawtelle, from Friday, December 16 at 8:00 pm until Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 9:00 am.
  • Northbound 405 #4 and 5 lanes will be closed from 8:00 pm Friday, December 16 until 9:00 am Saturday, December 17, 2011.
  • Traffic will be detoured to Santa Monica Bl.
  • Ohio will not be accessible from Cotner, Beloit or Pontius.
  • The entrance to the Bad News Bears Park from Ohio will not be accessible.
  • Noise is expected to be generated from forklifts, cranes and other equipment.
  • Power line interruptions may be necessary before and after this operation; those residents affected will be notified directly by their utility provider.
  • Work is weather permitting and subject to change.
  • For closure information follow us on twitter.com/I_405

Please note that construction is a dynamic process and subject to change without notice.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation

For more information, call the Community Relations Construction Impact Team at 213.922.3665.

Metro Community Relations
6060 Center Dr, 2nd Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Weather Watch: Road Closures

December 12, 2011

 

 

FOREST ROADS TO CLOSE DUE TO SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS

 

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works has announced that, based on the forecast of snow and icy road conditions, it will close public access to all County roads within the Station Fire burn area by noon today, Monday, December 12, 2011.

 

As a result, the following roads will be closed to all traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles, including Public Works personnel:

 

  • Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2)
  • Upper Big Tujunga Cyn. Road from Angeles Forest Highway to SR-2 (Angeles Crest Highway)
  • Big Tujunga Cyn. Road from Vogel Flats Road to Angeles Forest Highway

 

Local access will not be permitted until the road closures are lifted.

 

Once roads can be made safe for travel, they will be reopened.

 

Residents can also visit the CARE website at www.dpwcare.org for further updates on road conditions or sign up through Public Works’ eNotify system to receive instant notifications.

Residents, business owners and persons with access or functional needs may also call 2-1-1 for LA County information and referral services regarding post disaster resources that are available to those affected by the floods and debris and mud flow.  The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  211 LA County Services can also be accessed by visitingwww.211la.org.

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Media Contact:

Bob Spencer, Chief of Public Affairs, LA County Public Works (626) 458-4070

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