Governor Newsom Launches Resource Site for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Energy Shutoffs


Author: Workplace of Governor Gavin Newsom
Published: Oct 28, 2019
Sacramento, California

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new state internet site with tools and sources for Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed energy shutoffs.

The internet site, RESPONSE.CA.GOV, combines emergency response, recovery and resilience information and facts into a single spot for simple access by customers. It is a a single-cease portal that contains nearby and state resources, well being solutions, shelters and housing, preparedness information and facts, and additional.

“California continues to rise to the challenge of energy shutoffs and all-natural disasters,” mentioned Governor Newsom. “RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with a unified portal for vital information and facts through this state of emergency. This web-site will constantly be updated as required to present Californians with the sources they will need.”

RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with information and facts and sources for existing incidents, transportation impacts, crucial well being solutions information and facts, shelter and housing areas, unemployment help and other state information and facts. The internet site also directs customers to Public Security Energy Shutoff information and facts and preparedness ideas. As incidents continue to evolve, the portal will be updated to reflect the newest information and facts and any extra sources the state might create.

The Governor yesterday declared a statewide emergency due to the harmful climate circumstances. Earlier currently, Governor Newsom joined the state’s best fire and emergency management officials to present an update on statewide fire and wind circumstances, and announced that California has secured a Fire Management Help Grant to aid make sure the availability of sources to fight the Getty Fire. California has also secured Fire Management Help Grants to bolster the response to the Kincade and Tick fires, for which the Governor previously declared a state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles counties.

More than the course of the previous week, the Governor has met with emergency responders, well being officials, residents and local leaders in Petaluma, Napa, Geyserville and Los Angeles, and held public briefings concerning the ongoing fire threats and the will need to hold utilities accountable for the consequences of their energy shutoff choices.

The Governor has also announced a $75 Million Program for state and nearby governments to mitigate the impacts of energy shutoffs, and unveiled a series of new partnerships and new tools to aid safe medically vulnerable populations through these events.

Beneath Governor Newsom’s leadership, California passed AB 1054, wildfire security and utility reform legislation that expands the CPUC’s capability to hold utilities accountable for their security record — a central element of the Governor’s wildfire security actions.

The legislation made a new wildfire security division at the CPUC and a board of independent specialist advisors to additional proficiently regulate the security of publicly owned utilities. The law mandated that utilities tie executive compensation to security efficiency, invest $five billion in security improvements without profit, and go by means of a new yearly wildfire safety overview and certification process. It also needs new inspections of utility electrical gear. Beneath the law, utilities have to generate a wildfire security committee in their corporate board, and present direct board-level security reporting to the CPUC.

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