- Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 19:21
- Written by IVN
Sacramento, California - At the request of the State of Colorado, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., directed the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services to deploy three specially trained employees with disaster recovery expertise today to assist with flood recovery efforts in Colorado.
During their 15-day deployment, the Cal OES recovery experts will use their specialized technical skills to help Colorado communities impacted by the effects of Colorado Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4145) with recovery.
"Even though the recent disaster in Colorado has passed, the effects will be felt for a long time by those who were forced from their homes by this disaster," said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. "California knows all too well the impact of disasters on people's lives and the importance of focusing on the long-term needs of those struggling to recover."
The Cal OES Director noted that reimbursements obtained through the federal public assistance program administered by FEMA are critical to affected local jurisdictions, special districts and other eligible entities, particularly when the budgets of many agencies are already burdened.
"Today we deployed staff who are highly trained and experienced in many types of disasters, including severe floods, such as the one in Colorado," said Charles Rabamad, Assistant Director for Recovery. We've provided recovery assistance to various states in the past and we are happy to help the State of Colorado during this difficult time.
Colorado's request came through a special system setup for state-to-state requests for assistance. Requests such as this are facilitated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). This compact offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states.
Benefits to deploying resources through EMAC allows credentials, licenses and certifications be honored across state lines and leverages federal grant dollars for reimbursement purposes, both of which assist in eliminating a level of bureaucracy that could significantly delay response time.
For more information:
- California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, www.caloes.ca.gov
- Federal Emergency Management Agency, www.dhs.gov
- Emergency Management Assistance Compact, www.emacweb.org
- American Red Cross, www.redcross.org