PASADENA, Calif. -- The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working cooperatively to implement a joint recovery strategy and have opened a Joint Field Office (JFO). Federal disaster funds are now available to supplement State, Tribal, and local recovery efforts for ten counties affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows beginning in late December of last year.
On January 26, 2011 President Obama signed a Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance due to the Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Debris and Mud Flows for Inyo, Kern, Kings, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Tulare counties.
“In order to ensure the recovery effort achieves its objectives, the Cal EMA and FEMA have committed to address all challenges encountered during the recovery period through effective collaboration,” said Sandy Coachman, federal coordinating officer.
FEMA and Cal EMA opened a Joint Field Office (JFO) in downtown Pasadena where officials will work side-by-side to deliver recovery program to eligible government applicants affected by the severe winter storms.
“There is no doubt a coordinated partnership makes for successful recoveries,” said State Coordinating Officer, Mike Dayton. “By working together, we hope to help local agencies and special districts maximize the federal and state assistance they are eligible for under the law.”
The federal declaration granted public assistance for local governments, tribal nations and certain private-nonprofits within ten counties.
Local government agencies and special districts are also eligible to apply for state reimbursement of their eligible response, debris removal and repair costs.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards
The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) coordinates overall state agency preparedness for, response to and recovery from major disasters. Cal EMA also maintains the State Emergency Plan, which outlines the organizational structure for state management of the response to natural and manmade disasters.