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What is the purpose of DMA 2000 and how does it impact local Governments?What is the purpose of DMA 2000 and how does it impact local Governments?<p>​DMA 2000 places new emphasis on local mitigation planning. DMA 2000 requires local governments to develop and submit mitigation plans for FEMA approval as a condition of receiving Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project grants or Pre-Disaster Mitigation projects grants (PDM). </p>
What is the local hazard mitigation planning process?What is the local hazard mitigation planning process?<p>​The local Hazard Mitigation Planning process analyzes a community's risk from natural hazards, coordinates available resources, and implements actions to reduce or eliminate risks. A local mitigation plan should be prepared before a disaster to guide risk reduction activities before an event; it should also be reviewed, and amended regularly, so as not to overlook opportunities for vulnerability reduction (mitigation). </p>
What laws govern the hazard mitigation planning process?What laws govern the hazard mitigation planning process?<p>​The local hazard mitigation planning process is described in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) which amended the Stafford Act's requirements regarding eligibility to receive certain mitigation grant funding. The regulations containing requirements for a local hazard mitigation plan can be found in 44 Code of Federal Regulations 201.6. </p>
Why does Cal OES not make clear the significant risk property owners take assuming potential liability and waiving rights to file a claim when they sign the right of entry permit?Why does Cal OES not make clear the significant risk property owners take assuming potential liability and waiving rights to file a claim when they sign the right of entry permit?<p>​<br>Generally speaking, the Right of Entry permit for the tree mortality program is a contract between a property owner and the County. One of the terms in the contract is a hold harmless provision which is required by state law. Specifically, Government Code section 8682.6, requires that whenever a local agency is utilizing California Disaster Assistance Act funds to do a project, the local agency is required to hold the state harmless from damages due to the work for which the funds are allocated. As a result, Cal OES requires that the local agencies sign agreements holding the state and everyone working on behalf of the state - harmless. <br>Additionally, pursuant to 19 C.C.R. section 2925(a)(2)(C) to be eligible for California Disaster Assistance Act funds for debris removal activities: the local agency must have a signed statement from the property owner giving the local agency the right of entry and absolving the local agency and the state of any liability relative to removal.<br>If the property owner signed agreements excluding the contractors and the counties’ agents from the hold harmless provision it would not be an effective hold harmless provision in that it would not absolve the state and the local agency from any liability relative to the removal. <br>Ultimately, if the property owner desires to seek legal advice regarding the permit, the property owner is within his or her right to do so. If the terms are not palatable to the property owner, the property owner may decline to sign the permit and not accept services under the tree mortality program. In other words, the property owner may choose to directly pay for the work and negotiate a contract with a tree removal company.</p>
Why does Cal OES request the property owner take on additional risks by the assignment of certain responsibilities such as a utility location?Why does Cal OES request the property owner take on additional risks by the assignment of certain responsibilities such as a utility location?<p>​An example of the Right of Entry permit is enclosed herewith. Paragraph 1 of the permit requires, in relevant part, “[o]wner shall make Owner’s best efforts to mark any sewer lines, utilities, septic tanks and water lines located on the Premises.” This best efforts requirement of communicating, by marking, any sewer lines, utilities, septic tanks and water lines located on the Premises serves the interest of all parties, including the property owner. Accordingly, based upon that clause alone, there are seemingly no additional risks assumed by the property owner.</p>
Why does Cal OES want a non-project specific right of entry permit (it does not state that it is solely for tree abatement and it does not limit the area to be inspected)?Why does Cal OES want a non-project specific right of entry permit (it does not state that it is solely for tree abatement and it does not limit the area to be inspected)?<p>The right of entry permit is for a specific purpose – debris removal relative to the tree mortality program. Paragraph 1 of the enclosed Right of Entry permit expressly addresses the purpose. ​</p>
Why does Cal OES not have a sunset clause or termination date in the permit?Why does Cal OES not have a sunset clause or termination date in the permit?<p>​The right of entry permit is for a specific purpose and therefore the permit is valid until the purpose is achieved. For purposes of the debris removal program, pursuant to 19 CCR section 2925, the removal of debris from private property occurs when there is an immediate threat to public health and safety. Further, debris removal is considered necessary when removal will: “(1) eliminate immediate threats to life, public health, and safety; (2) eliminate immediate threats of significant damage to improved public or private property; or, (3) be necessary for the permanent repair, restoration, or reconstruction of damaged public facilities.” (19 CCR § 2925 (b)). Accordingly, the time frame for the permit is based upon the fulfillment of the purpose for which the permit was granted.</p>
Why has Cal OES taken such a different legal approach to the right of entry and tree removal program from what is being done by Caltrans?Why has Cal OES taken such a different legal approach to the right of entry and tree removal program from what is being done by Caltrans?<p>​Cal OES’s right of entry and tree removal program is funded in part by California Disaster Assistance Act funds. Different sources of funds have different legal requirements. As discussed above, whenever a local agency is utilizing California Disaster Assistance Act funds to do a project, the local agency is required to hold the state harmless from damages due to the work for which the funds are allocated. As a result, Cal OES requires that the local agencies sign agreements holding the state and everyone working on behalf of the state - harmless.</p>
Why is the right of entry permit language different in other counties?Why is the right of entry permit language different in other counties?<p>​Cal OES is unable to fully address this question without knowing which counties you are referring to in your question. That said and as discussed above, whenever a local agency is utilizing California Disaster Assistance Act funds to do a project, the local agency is required to hold the state harmless from damages due to the work for which the funds are allocated. Accordingly, there must be an agreement in place that holds the state harmless from damages.</p>
Is the suspension of CEQA by the Governor in this CDAA program a state-wide or project specific suspension?Is the suspension of CEQA by the Governor in this CDAA program a state-wide or project specific suspension?<p>​Enclosed herewith is the Proclamation of a State of Emergency regarding tree mortality. CEQA is encoded in Sections 21000 et seq. of the Public Resources Code. The scope and applicability of the suspension of Division 13 (commencing with section 21000) of the Public Resources Code and regulations adopted pursuant to that Division are expressly set forth the Proclamation.</p>
Why do I need an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)?Why do I need an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)?<p>​Dams are important for managing the state’s water resources to ensure that California communities have adequate water supplies, agriculture flourishes, flood risk management, water storage, hydropower, fish and wildlife conservation and recreation. An EAP and a Dam Inundation Map help protect against loss of life and property by:</p><ul><li><font color="#292929">Outlining actions to be undertaken during a dam-related emergency;</font></li><li>Providing assistance and guidance to local jurisdictions on emergency planning for failure of a dam or its critical appurtenant structures; and</li><li>Facilitating coordination between dam owners, communities, state and federal agencies to ensure effective dam incident emergency response procedures and planning.</li></ul>
How often am I required to update my EAP?How often am I required to update my EAP?<p>​Dam Owners shall update their EAP no less frequently than ten (10) years, or sooner under specific conditions. Additionally, at least once annually, an owner of a dam shall conduct an emergency action plan notification exercise with local public safety agencies.</p>
Where should EAPs be submitted?Where should EAPs be submitted?<p>​The Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) will be responsible for reviewing and approving the inundation maps, and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will review and approve EAPs pursuant to Government Code Sections 8589.5 and Water Code 6161(b). Dam owners will be responsible for submitting the EAP to both Cal OES and DSOD.</p>
I currently have an EAP. Can that be re-submitted for approval under the new requirements?I currently have an EAP. Can that be re-submitted for approval under the new requirements?<p>​If a dam owner has an existing EAP as of March 1, 2017, DSOD will review the inundation map contained in the EAP. If the map is determined to be sufficient, DSOD can request Cal OES review the existing EAP.</p>
Can the EAP and inundation map be submitted at the same time?Can the EAP and inundation map be submitted at the same time?<p>Yes. The following shall be submitted to DWR/DSOD:</p><ul><li><font color="#292929">An Inundation Map</font></li><li><font color="#292929">EAP (including Inundation Map)</font></li></ul><p>Upon approval of the Inundation map by DWR/DSOD, the EAP with the map will be forwarded to Cal OES for final EAP approval.</p><p> </p>
Will there be new EAP templates and guidance?Will there be new EAP templates and guidance?<p>​EAPs shall be prepared in accordance with the Federal Guidelines for Emergency Action Planning. As needed, Cal OES will develop additional tools and information to aid in the EAP process. That information will be available in the near future. </p>
What are the requirements if my dam is regulated by FERC or BOR? Is this only required for State regulated or owned dams? What are the requirements if my dam is regulated by FERC or BOR? Is this only required for State regulated or owned dams? <p>​The inundation map and EAP requirements apply to dams that are regulated by the State of California. This includes dams that are regulated jointly by the state and federal government. However, dam owners with dams that are regulated by the federal government are encouraged to provide a copy of their EAP to the state.</p>
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) doesn’t have a lot of authority over natural gas storage wells, but could the CPUC could (or is it considering) expanding its oversight of storage facilities, in light of SB 1371 and the Porter Ranch leak?The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) doesn’t have a lot of authority over natural gas storage wells, but could the CPUC could (or is it considering) expanding its oversight of storage facilities, in light of SB 1371 and the Porter Ranch leak?<p>​The CPUC does not have operational and safety jurisdiction over the injection/withdrawal wells at natural gas storage facilities. However, the CPUC has regulatory, safety, and operational authority over SoCalGas and gas pipelines. The intention of SB 1371 and subsequent CPUC proceedings was to consider methane emissions from gas pipelines. The assigned Commissioner and Administrative Law Judge will consider any requests for expansion of scope through the standard proceeding procedure. In addition, the CPUC could exercise its regulatory authority over gas storage fields to reduce methane emissions pursuant to Public Utilities (PU) Code Section 451 and AB 32 – after the CPUC determines the breadth of this issue and identifies possible solutions. The CPUC has required SoCalGas to hire an interdependent third-party to conduct a root cause analysis to determine the reason for the leak. After this analysis is completed, the CPUC will use the information to inform future actions.​</p>
What authority does the CPUC currently have and could it take on more oversight of storage facilities?What authority does the CPUC currently have and could it take on more oversight of storage facilities?<p>​The CPUC grants operating permits – Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity – to natural gas storage providers pursuant to PU Code Section 1001. One of the CPUC’s primary jurisdictional responsibilities with respect to gas storage fields is to ensure there is enough storage in California to meet demand. See PU Code Section 3368. SoCalGas and PG&E are rate regulated utilities, so the CPUC has authority over the recovery of costs of the utilities for operating the gas storage facilities that they own, like Aliso Canyon. The CPUC also has authority to ensure that SoCalGas’s actions in response to the leak are reasonable.<br></p>
Is it possible or practical to close down the Aliso Canyon storage facility? Is it possible or practical to close down the Aliso Canyon storage facility? <p>​The CPUC has been working diligently with the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to support DOGGR’s efforts to shut down the leaking well. It is not clear at this time that shutting down the facility would abate the leak. It is also not clear what the ramifications for gas reliability and electricity prices would be from a sudden shut down of the facility.​</p>
What impact would a shutdown have on consumers?What impact would a shutdown have on consumers?<p>​The CPUC is analyzing this issue, in conjunction with other agencies including DOGGR, the California Energy Commission, and the California Air Resources Board. At this time, it is not clear what the magnitude of the impact would be. Due to the size of the storage facility, the CPUC is concerned about the cost and reliability impacts of a sudden shutdown.<br></p>
Where can I find more information regarding EAPs?Where can I find more information regarding EAPs?<p>​More information regarding EAPs and the legal responsibilities of dam owners is available at the following websites:</p><ul><li><font color="#292929"><a href="http://www.water.ca.gov/damsafety" target="_blank">www.water.ca.gov/damsafety</a></font></li><li><a href="/" target="_blank">www.caloes.ca.gov</a></li></ul><p>Additionally, the full text of the new law (SB 92, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Statutes of 2017) can be found here:</p><ul><li> <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/" target="_blank">http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/</a></li></ul>
How did “Surviving the Wild West” theme come about for Preparedness Day? How did “Surviving the Wild West” theme come about for Preparedness Day? <p>​For the past couple of years, Cal OES has chosen <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=497">Old Sacramento State Historic Park​</a> as the location for the annual kick-off to September’s <a href="https://www.ready.gov/september">National Preparedness Month​</a> activities. Old Sacramento sits at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers. The commercial center of the California Gold Rush, it became a crossroads of transportation, connected by steamboats to San Francisco, by supply roads to mining regions, and to Folsom by the first railroad in the West. Despite floods, fires, and epidemics, Sacramento became California’s capital in 1854. California is also considered one of the most diverse states when it comes to “wild” natural disasters – wildfires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and even volcanoes. So we combined the theme of the “Old West” of the 1800’s, the historical significance of Old Sacramento as a National Historic Landmark, and highlighted the challenge of “surviving” the myriad of wild disasters in California.</p>
What is the date and time of the event?What is the date and time of the event?<p>​Saturday, August 26, 2017 10 a.m.-2 p.m.​<br></p>
Do I need a ticket, or is there a cost for the event?Do I need a ticket, or is there a cost for the event?<p>​No ticket is needed. Admission is free. However, there is a cost associated with parking in Old Sacramento.<br>​</p>
Where should I park?Where should I park?<p>​Two-hour metered street parking is available throughout Old Sacramento from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.<br>Two paid public parking garages are available:<br></p><ul><li><a href="https://goo.gl/maps/4oMLDoe2uhs" target="_blank" title="Map of Old Sacramento Parking Garage">Old Sacramento Garage</a>, entrance on I Street between 3rd and 2nd.<br></li><li><a href="https://goo.gl/maps/onmwrQTgxt12" target="_blank" title="Map of Tower Bridge Parking Garage">Tower Bridge Garage​</a>, entrance on Capitol Blvd at Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.<br></li></ul><p></p>
How do I get to the event?How do I get to the event?<p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">​From Interstate 5 Northbound (toward Redding):</span><br>Take the J Street off-ramp, go forward two blocks and turn left on 5th Street, turn left on I Street one block ahead and stay in the left lanes to reach the vehicle entrance to Old Sacramento at 2nd Street and I Street.<br><span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">From the Downtown Grid:</span><br>Take I Street and stay in the left lanes to reach the vehicle entrance to Old Sacramento at 2nd Street and I Street. Or take Captiol Mall Blvd and turn right at Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.<br>​</p>
What is the location of the event?What is the location of the event?<p>​​<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/nnTPhNnPPYo" target="_blank" title="Google Map of Old Sacramento Location">Old Sacramento​</a> (Located on the 1849 Scene near the Railroad Museum and Discovery Museum, which is framed by I Street and J Street).<br></p>
Is there handicapped parking available?Is there handicapped parking available?<p>​There are designated handicapped parking spaces available throughout Old Sacramento and at surrounding parking lots.<br></p>
What should I bring?What should I bring?<p>The event is family and pet friendly. ​Limited seating will be available. Chairs and blankets are allowed into the event. Sunscreen and weather appropriate clothing is recommended.<br></p>
May I bring my pet along?May I bring my pet along?<p>​Animals are permitted.​</p>
Are there bathrooms?Are there bathrooms?<p>​Yes. Bathrooms are accessible inside the Passenger Station near the J Street entrance to the event, situated between the food trucks.<br></p>
How many stages for demonstrations?How many stages for demonstrations?<p>​There will be two stages – Main and River. The Main Stage will be located near the grass area adjacent to the Railroad Museum, while the River Stage will be in the Sacramento River near the Discovery Museum. Demonstrations will occur every 10-15 minutes on either the Main Stage or River Stage throughout the duration of the event.<br></p>
Which organizations are participating?Which organizations are participating?<p>​There will be approximately 40 organizations attending this year’s event, including: ​</p><p>911 for Kids<br>Alhambra<br>American Red ​Cross<br>Boy Scouts of America<br>​CAL FIRE​​<br>California Conservation Corps<br>California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation<br>California Division of Boating and Waterways​<br>California Geological Survey​<br>California National Guard​<br>California Utilities Emergency Association​<br>Caltrans - California Department of Transportation<br>EMSA - Emergency Medical Services Authority<br>FEMA Region IX​<br>Girl Scouts of America<br>Home Depot<br>KNCI<br>National Weather Service​​<br>NOAA<br>PG&E<br>Ready America<br>Raley's<br>River Cats<br>Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District​<br>Sacramento CERT - Community Emergency Response Team<br>Sacramento County DART​<br>Sacramento Fire Department<br>Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District<br>Sacramento Zoo<br>​Team Rubicon<br>Western States Seismic Policy Council<br>Yocha-D​ehe Fire Department<br>100.5 NOW<br>105.1 KNCI<br><br></p>
Will there be food at the event?Will there be food at the event?<p>​In addition to eateries in Old Sacramento, there will be four food trucks – Cousins Maine Lobster,  Buckhorn Grill, La Mex Taqueria, and Smokin' Hot Pizza – and a dessert truck – shaved ice from Kona Ice.<br></p>
Are there any special events?Are there any special events?<p>​Yes. At noon, there will be a ceremony on the Main Stage with multiple speakers and a special dedication. ​</p>
Is there a Media contact?Is there a Media contact?<p>Please email ​​media@caloes.ca.gov and one of our information officers will contact you.</p>
How do I join Cal OES ArcGIS Online Group?How do I join Cal OES ArcGIS Online Group?<p>​​Joining ArcGIS is easy!  Make sure you have an <a title="Link to ArcGIS" href="https://www.arcgis.com/home/" target="_blank">ArcGIS Online for Organizations</a> account, then contact <a href="mailto:gis@caloes.ca.gov">gis@caloes.ca.gov</a></p>
What is GIS?What is GIS?<p>​<a title="ESRI GIS Information" href="http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis/" target="_blank">http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis/</a></p>
How can I use GIS for Emergency Management?How can I use GIS for Emergency Management?<p>​<a title="ESRI for Emergency Management" href="http://www.esri.com/industries/emergency-management" target="_blank">http://www.esri.com/industries/emergency-management</a></p>
What is the California Cybersecurity Taskforce?What is the California Cybersecurity Taskforce?<p>​​A group comprised of public, private, academic, and utilities subject matter experts convened by the California Homeland Security Advisor and the California Department of Technology to address cyber related issues impacting California. </p>
What is Cal OES?What is Cal OES?<p>Cal OES is the Emergency Management authority for the State of California.  ​</p>
What is the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)?What is the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)?<p>​SEMS is the system required by Government Code Section 8607 (a) for managing emergencies involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.  SEMS consists of five organizational levels which are activated as necessary: field response, local government, operational area, regional, and state.  </p><p>SEMS incorporates the functions and principles of the Incident Command System (ICS), the Master Mutual Aid Agreement (MMAA), existing mutual aid systems, the operational area concept, and multi-agency or inter-agency coordination.</p><p>Local governments must use SEMS to be eligible for funding of their response-related personnel costs under state disaster assistance programs.</p>
What is Access and Functional Needs?What is Access and Functional Needs?<p>The purpose of the Office of Access and Functional Needs is to identify the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster and to integrate disability needs and resources into emergency management systems.</p>
Why is Access and Functional Needs important to emergency managers?Why is Access and Functional Needs important to emergency managers?<p>​According to the U.S. Census of 2010, approximately three million Californians over the age of five years have a disability. The OAFN goal is to strengthen the method and planning of emergency management for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. </p>
How can I make sure my organization is ready for individuals with Access and Functional Needs?How can I make sure my organization is ready for individuals with Access and Functional Needs?<p>​Cal OES has created the Access and Functional Needs Planning Toolkit, which can be viewed <a href="http://afntoolkit.nusura.com/default.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

 

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