State and federal agencies marshal emergency storm response resources

Jan 11, 2023

State and federal agencies are directing significant resources to help communities in California withstand and recover from the barrage of winter storms hitting the state.

President Joe Biden issued an emergency declaration on Sunday authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide assistance for required emergency measures in more than a dozen counties.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed January budget also contains new investments to increase flood preparedness and response. The Governor earlier issued an emergency declaration, freeing up resources to help support local emergency relief efforts. State agencies also prepositioned resources in communities with major flooding concerns.

Several state and national organizations also released several resident-focused resources. The California Health and Human Services Agency’s Emergency Resource Guide details the best practices and services available to help vulnerable populations remain safe and connected throughout the storms. Other state agencies, such as the California Arts Council, have compiled a list of resources for hard-hit populations.

The “relentless parade of atmospheric rivers” has caused significant flooding and extensive ground saturation, made worse by ferocious winds, high tides, and wildfire burn scars. However, experts warn that the historic precipitation will likely not be enough to mark the end of the state’s equally historic drought.