The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) responds to and aids in the recovery from emergencies within the State of California under the authorities of the California Emergency Services Act (ESA), the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA), the federal Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), and other legislation. Within Cal OES, the Recovery Section is responsible for managing disaster recovery and providing assistance to local governments, special districts, certain nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses and agricultural communities impacted by disasters. The Recovery Section ensures state and federal support are provided in an efficient and timely manner throughout the recovery process. The Recovery Section acts as the grantee for federally funded disaster assistance programs, as grantor for the state CDAA program, and coordinates recovery assistance for individuals, businesses, and the agricultural community. The Recovery Section provides technical support to reduce the costs and streamline the process of future recovery efforts. Additionally, the Recovery Section ensures proposed recovery projects are reviewed for environmental concerns and historical preservation activities are considered. In support of these responsibilities, the Recovery Section performs extensive liaison activities with local, state and federal agencies, legislators, various volunteer and nonprofit organizations, as well as the general public. The Recovery Section emphasizes recovery preparedness through the coordination of recovery planning efforts, the development of recovery training programs, and the involvement in emergency management exercises and drills.
On October 30, 2015, Governor Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency and included provisions to expedite the removal of dead and dying hazardous trees. California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) reimbursement may be available for costs related to the identification, removal and disposal of dead and dying trees constituting a threat of falling on public right-of-way and public infrastructure caused from drought conditions. Please visit the Tree Mortality Task Force page for additional information. You may also review the attached Fact Sheet for Frequently Asked Questions.
Public Assistance provides assistance to state agencies, local governments, special districts and eligible private nonprofit organizations impacted by a disaster to achieve a safer future for all California communities. The Public Assistance Section ensures state and federal support are provided to applicants in an efficient and timely manner in order to assist in recovery from a major disaster or emergency.
Individual Assistance coordinates with federal, state, local, and voluntary/nonprofit entities to provide recovery assistance following a disaster that impacts individuals and households, businesses, and/or the agricultural community in the State of California.
The Disaster Mitigation & Technical Support Division is comprised of two units. The Technical Assistance Programs (TAP) Unit provides specialized expertise to all Cal OES programs as needed, with a focus on recovery issues. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Unit administers the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and provides subject matter expertise to local governments and other eligible applicants regarding mitigation activities, application development, and grant management.