California’s fall fire season started on Oct. 1, and after only a week, more than a dozen wildfires raged across Northern California. California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma and Yuba counties and activated the State Operations Center. On Oct. 10, the President approved California Disaster Declaration to support the state and local response. Local health departments are on the forefront of responding to natural disasters like wildfires, and dedicated staff are on call 24-hours a day, every day, to respond when needed.
Check out the new blog on NACCHO’s Preparedness Brief to learn more about the California wildfires, the role of local health departments in the response, and available resources for response and recovery in impacted areas!