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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>
What is an EAP and why is it important?What is an EAP and why is it important?<p>​An EAP is a written document that identifies potential emergency conditions at a dam and specifies preplanned actions to help minimize property damage and loss of life should those conditions occur.<br> <br>EAPs contain procedures and information that instruct dam owners to issue early warning and notification messages to downstream emergency management authorities. The document must also contain inundation map(s) demonstrating critical areas for evacuation-related actions. Additionally, EAPs:<br> <br>· Provide assistance and guidance to local jurisdictions on their emergency planning for dam failure events; and<br>· Aid local, state, and federal agencies with activities to ensure effective dam incident emergency response procedures and planning. </p>
Who is required to have an EAP?Who is required to have an EAP?<p>​Sections 6160 and 6161 of the California Water Code and Government Code Section 8589.5 require owners of state regulated dams to submit EAPs to Cal OES and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD), unless the dam has been classified as low hazard by DSOD.</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>
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>
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>
What are dam hazard classifications?What are dam hazard classifications?<p>​The downstream hazard classifications are based solely on potential downstream impacts to life and property should the dam fail when operating with a full reservoir. These classifications are not related to the condition of the dam or its appurtenant structures. The definitions for downstream hazard classifications are based on the Federal Guidelines for Inundation Mapping of Flood Risks Associated with Dam Incidents and Failures (FEMA P-946, July 2013). FEMA categorizes the downstream hazard potential into three categories in increasing severity: Low, Significant, and High. DSOD adds a fourth category of “Extremely High” to identify dams that may impact highly populated areas or critical infrastructure, or have short evacuation warning times.</p>
What are the requirements if my dam is co-regulated by FERC?What are the requirements if my dam is co-regulated by FERC?<p>​An owner of a dam that is jointly regulated by the state and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shall prepare an EAP in accordance with FERC guidelines.</p>
How often is a dam owner required to maintain, update, and revise an EAP?How often is a dam owner required to maintain, update, and revise an EAP?<p>​Dam owners shall update their EAP, including inundation map(s), at least every ten (10) years. Updates are also required when there is:<br>· a significant modification to the dam or a critical appurtenant structure, as determined by DSOD;<br>· a significant change to downstream development that involves people and property.</p>
Are there any other statutory requirements for jurisdictional dam owners?Are there any other statutory requirements for jurisdictional dam owners?<p>​Yes. At least once annually, the dam owner shall conduct an EAP notification or tabletop exercise with local public safety agencies.<br> <br>Please see the <a href="http://www.water.ca.gov/damsafety/index.cfm">DSOD webpage</a> for statutory requirements related to inundation mapping.</p>
When is my EAP due?When is my EAP due?<p>​Deadlines for dam EAP submissions are:<br>· On or before January 1, 2018, if the hazard classification is extremely high.<br>· On or before January 1, 2019, if the hazard classification is high.<br>· On or before January 1, 2021, if the hazard classification is significant.</p>
Where should I submit my EAP?Where should I submit my EAP?<p>​Per legislation, the development of an EAP should be based on and include an inundation map approved by DSOD. After development, dam owners must submit the EAP to both Cal OES and DSOD. Please submit the Cal OES copy of the EAP to the Dam Emergency Planning Division, to:<br>  <br>Jose Lara, Chief<br>Dam Emergency Action Planning Division<br>3650 Schriever Avenue<br>Mather, CA 95655<br> <br>At this time, Cal OES requests that dam owners submit one paper copy of the EAP and one digital copy (email, cd, or thumb drive).</p>
How should I develop my EAP?How should I develop my EAP?<p>​California statute requires that EAPs be developed in accordance with FEMA’s Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety: Emergency Action Planning for Dams. Government Code Section 8589.5 also requires that the EAP must include at a minimum:<br>· Notification flowcharts and contact information<br>· The response process<br>· The roles and responsibilities of the dam owner and impacted jurisdictions following an incident involving the dam<br>· Preparedness activities and exercise schedules<br>· Inundation maps approved by DWR<br>· Any additional information that may impact life or property<br> <br>As needed, Cal OES will develop additional tools and information to aid in the EAP process. <br> <br>California law also requires that EAPs be developed in consultation with any local public safety agency that may be impacted by an incident involving the dam, to the extent a local agency wishes to consult. This process/outreach needs to be documented within the EAP.</p>
When does the 60 day review period begin?When does the 60 day review period begin?<p>​The 60 day review period begins when the Cal OES Dam Emergency Action Planning Division receives the EAP with the approved inundation map included. If an EAP is submitted to<br> Cal OES without an approved inundation map, the review period will begin when the Dam Emergency Action Planning Division receives the letter from DSOD that the applicable inundation map has been approved. </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, the owner can submit the inundation map within that plan to DSOD for approval. DSOD will review and may approve the inundation map if it is deemed sufficient. If DSOD approves the map, the dam owner may submit the EAP to Cal OES for review. </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>

 

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