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Cal OES Offers Disaster Advice to CSAC Policy Committee

February 16, 2017

The California Office of Emergency Services (OES) recently offered some sage advice about how to apply for disaster assistance, and provided an update about how the office is responding to several rounds of severe storms, issues with water infrastructure, and tree mortality. The presentation came during the recent CSAC Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee meeting.

The Cal OES presentation covered the basics of how to access state funding for disasters and common mistakes that may hinder tapping into these funds. A key point is the concept of donated resources, where the local match on state funds can be reduced (in some cases, to zero) by utilizing volunteer resources. Proper protocols for accounting and contracting are also very important to maximize opportunities for state funding. The presentation is available here and a fact sheet is available here.

The Committee also discussed legislative and budget developments at the state and federal levels. Supervisor Bruce Gibson of San Luis Obispo County and Supervisor Sherri Brennan of Tuolumne County presided over the meeting as chair and vice chair, respectively.

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