By SDCN Editor
Sacramento, CA–Governor Gavin Newsom will receive federal assistance following the White House’s approval of the Presidential Emergency Declaration authorizing it to support response to continuous storms impacting much of California.
The Presidential Emergency Declaration enables impacted counties to immediately access Direct Federal Assistance to help protect public safety and property, including generators, road clearance equipment, and sheltering or mass care assistance as needed.
With storms forecasted to continue through mid-March, the governor this week proclaimed a state of emergency in 21 counties to support disaster response and relief efforts, following the state of emergency he proclaimed in an initial 13 counties earlier this month.
“We are grateful for President Biden’s swift action to provide more resources and assistance to Californians reeling from back-to-back storms,” said Governor Newsom. “We also thank all the heroic first responders working tirelessly to save lives in these dangerous and challenging conditions. California will continue to work day and night with local, state, and federal partners to protect and support our communities.”
The state is mobilizing personnel and resources to storm-impacted communities throughout the state.
Caltrans is urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel in affected areas.