[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | State, Feds Assess Damage in Powerhouse Fire Area | 06-20-2013
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
73°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 28
1926 - Film director Mel Brooks born in Brooklyn; shot "Blazing Saddles" at Vasquez Rocks and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" in Sand Canyon [story]


Virgilio “Gil” Macion of the U.S. Small Business Administration (far left) , Michael Hooper of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Sonia Brown of the Cal EMA Southern Region, Francis Dominguez of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and Theresa Gonzales of Cal EMA discuss property impacted by the Powerhouse Fire during a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by Cal EMA and the SBA on June 17 to verify fire-related damages. CalEMA

Virgilio “Gil” Macion of the U.S. Small Business Administration (far left) , Michael Hooper of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Sonia Brown of the Cal EMA Southern Region, Francis Dominguez of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and Theresa Gonzales of Cal EMA discuss property impacted by the Powerhouse Fire during a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by Cal EMA and the SBA on June 17 to verify fire-related damages. CalEMA

[Cal EMA News] – The recovery process following the Powerhouse Fire in Los Angeles County continued this week as disaster recovery specialists from the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) toured Lake Hughes, Lake Elizabeth and other communities affected by the fire to verify damages to homes and businesses. These visits determine the next step in helping get those affected further on the road to recovery.

During the tour, Cal EMA and SBA recovery specialists were accompanied by representatives from the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management and Department of Public Works, as well as Cal EMA’s Southern Region staff.

“We realize events like the Powerhouse Fire leave an indelible mark on the lives of those who have been affected,” said Cal EMA Individual Assistance Officer Karma Hackney. “In many cases, emergency housing, help with repairs and other forms of assistance are available from nongovernmental agencies such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army and faith-based organizations.”

In addition, Hackney said, survivors can usually find help from local and state agencies in dealing with post-emergency mental health issues and insurance-related problems, obtaining lost birth certificates, driver’s licenses and other vital records, as well as avoiding disputes with contractors hired to repair or rebuild damaged properties.

“Cal EMA also realizes some emergencies are beyond the capability of the local, state and non-governmental agencies, as well as the survivors,” she noted.

In such cases, Cal EMA works with federal partners such as the SBA to help those affected cover costs not met by insurance and other forms of assistance.

Preliminary Damage Assessments, like the one conducted on June 17, are a major step in attempting to obtain assistance such as low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners of all sizes.

“SBA participates in joint preliminary damage assessments with the State of California to gain a full understanding of the impact of the disaster on the communities that were affected and to ensure that SBA has all the data available to respond appropriately should we receive a request for a disaster declaration from the Governor,” said SBA Supervisory Public Information Officer Richard Jenkins.

Hackney stressed disaster programs are meant to supplement – and not replace or duplicate – insurance or other forms of assistance.

“It’s important that they recognize that disaster assistance programs are not a panacea,” she said.  “We encourage every Californian to prepare for the next fire by creating a defensible space, carrying applicable insurance and taking other measures to make their properties safer.”

Additional information on disaster preparedness and recovery is available at www.calema.ca.gov.

 

Damaged property from the Powerhouse Fire observed by disaster recovery experts from Cal EMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. CalEMA

Damaged property from the Powerhouse Fire observed by disaster recovery experts from Cal EMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. CalEMA

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
Loading...
Related Content
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
SCV Detectives Seek Help to ID Theft Suspect
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives seek the public's help to identify a theft suspect who has committed multiple thefts in Saugus and Valencia.
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
Suspect in Newhall Bank Robbery Still at Large
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and FBI officials are investigating a robbery at the Chase Bank branch on Lyons Avenue in Newhall on Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
Wilk’s Request to Audit LA County Homeless Services Approved
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, announces the Joint Legislative Audit Committee today agreed to his request for an audit of Los Angeles County Homeless Service spending.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, local government, law enforcement and fire leaders held a press conference and fireworks demonstration. Plus, The House of Natural Resources Committee passed the St. Francis Dam Memorial Act. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives seek the public's help to identify a theft suspect who has committed multiple thefts in Saugus and Valencia.
SCV Detectives Seek Help to ID Theft Suspect
Four Summer Robotics Workshops for young people in grades 5 through 8 are set for NASA's AERO Institute in Palmdale in July.
NASA AERO Institute Sets Summer LEGO Robotics Workshops
Avery Romero homered in his first at-bat and reached base in all four of his plate appearances to help the Lancaster JetHawks defeat the Inland Empire 66ers, 7-1, on Wednesday afternoon at San Manuel Stadium.
Romero’s Big Wednesday Helps JetHawks’ Tinoco to Sixth Win
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and FBI officials are investigating a robbery at the Chase Bank branch on Lyons Avenue in Newhall on Tuesday afternoon.
Suspect in Newhall Bank Robbery Still at Large
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, announces the Joint Legislative Audit Committee today agreed to his request for an audit of Los Angeles County Homeless Service spending.
Wilk’s Request to Audit LA County Homeless Services Approved
College of the Canyons has continued to meet accreditation standards since the college’s fall 2014 accreditation, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges' Western Association of Schools and Colleges has confirmed.
COC Continues to Meet 2014 Accreditation Standards
Santa Clarita Valley residents are looking forward to the city of Santa Clarita's annual Fourth of July Parade in Old Town Newhall Tuesday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
July 4: Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade
Independence Day Classic runners looking to re-fuel and pancake lovers alike can enjoy the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club's annual pancake breakfast on Tuesday, July 4 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
July 4: Rotary Pancake Breakfast
Artist Randall Williams has completed painting a new 20-foot mural for the Domestic Violence Center’s Santa Clarita shelter, commissioned by Logix Federal Credit Union.
Artist Completes New Mural at Domestic Violence Center
Firefighters battle a fast-moving blaze that consumed 850 acres Sunday afternoon and destroyed structures on the Disney movie ranch in Placerita Canyon. Sparked by a car crash, the fire threatened homes on both sides of the 14 Freeway.
Updated: Placerita Fire at 760 Acres, 95 Percent Contained [Video]
The California state tax rate on tobacco products other than cigarettes will increase from the current rate of 27.3 to 65.08 percent of the wholesale cost on July 1.
July 1: Tax on Tobacco Products Spikes Per Prop 56
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Silvertone Singers under the direction of John Swinford will present their "Fifty Years on the Great Broad Way!" concert at the Senior Center on Thursday, June 29 from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 29: ‘Fifty Years on the Great Broad Way’ Concert at Senior Center
Santa Clarita-based Pet Me Happy Treats, maker of Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries, celebrates its official Grand Opening with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting hosted by Shelter Hope Pet Shop on Tuesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.
July 11: Pet Me Happy Treats Grand Opening
Get your Fourth of July off to a running start by taking part in the 35th Annual Independence Day Classic 5K and 10K Run/Walk at Newhall Memorial Park starting at 7 a.m.
July 4: Independence Day Classic 5K, 10K Run-Walk
Everyone from first-time racers and kids to professionals and enthusiasts are invited to take part in the Santa Clarita PedalFest Racing Series at Central Park, with the first race on Thursday, June 29 starting at 5:30 p.m.
June 30: First 2017 ‘PedalFest’ Race
"Aloha Broha," an exhibit of original art by Cyrus Howlett, will be on display at The MAIN in Newhall from Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, July 28.
July 5-28: ‘Aloha Broha’ Exhibits Art by Cyrus Howlett
The Lancaster JetHawks scored four runs in the top of the first but couldn’t hold off the Inland Empire 66ers in a 14-7 loss on Tuesday night at San Manuel Stadium.
JetHawks Squander Early Lead En Route to Rout Tuesday
1926 - Film director Mel Brooks born in Brooklyn; shot "Blazing Saddles" at Vasquez Rocks and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" in Sand Canyon [story]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Chiquita Canyon's expansion is approved by the county. Plus, deputies arrest a man after a standoff in Stevenson Ranch. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the Chiquita Canyon Landfill expansion Tuesday afternoon with some amendments.
Supes OK Chiquita Expansion; Higher Fees for Non-SCV Trash
LA Summerfest presents the Leslie Berra Singers in a special performance at the Rivendale Park & Open Space on Saturday, July 15 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
July 15: Leslie Berra Singers at LA SummerFEST
The Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons will host a Veteran Entrepreneurship Series Parts 1 and 2 workshop at the University Center at COC on Friday, June 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June 30: SBDC Veteran Entrepreneurship Workshop
Princess Cruises®announced today that Golden Princess®, Crown Princess® and Ruby Princess® will be the next three ships to feature the Ocean Medallion™ wearable device.
Princess Cruises Adds 3 Ships to Interactive ‘Ocean Medallion’ Class
Visitors to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' website were not met with the usual homepage on Tuesday afternoon. Instead, they saw a black screen with text in the middle, displaying what appeared to be pro-ISIS propaganda.
County Supervisors’ Website is Latest Casualty of Hack
Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Newhall Pass Open Space, located by the I-5 and 14 interchange.
City Briefs: More Open Space Dedicated
In honor of the Fourth of July, Six Flags Magic Mountain will be transformed into a four-day “All-American” weekend of patriotic festivities from July 1-4,
Six Flags Magic Mountain Hosts Coca-Cola July 4th Fest
Representatives Steve Knight (CA-25) and Julia Brownley's (CA-26) bill, H.R. 2156, the St. Francis Dam Memorial Act passed the House Natural Resources Committee with unanimous support Tuesday.
St. Francis Dam Memorial Act Unanimously Clears Committee
Julia Fulmer, a 16-year-old cancer survivor, is making her directorial debut by calling the shots on "Rachel's Pitch," a new original short film that began shooting in Santa Clarita on Monday.
Teen Cancer Survivor Makes Film Directorial Debut in SCV
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County fire and law enforcement officials will hold a press conference in Valencia Wednesday to demonstrate the dangers of illegal fireworks.
Pyrotechnics Demonstration to Show Danger of Illegal Fireworks
The California Coastal Commission has reached a tentative settlement with sand mining company Cemex that would lead to the shuttering of a controversial sand-removal operation that residents say is eroding the coast of Monterey Bay.
Cemex to Quit Mining Near Monterey Coast
June 25–July 1 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, designed to educate the public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers around the world.
June 25-July 1: Mosquito Control Awareness Week
The city of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series in Old Town Newhall, presented by Galpin Subaru, continues in July with a unique blend of music, performances, a beach-themed SENSES block party and much more.
Thursdays at Newhall Brings the Heat in July
Wes Rogers drove in four runs in the first two innings, and the Lancaster JetHawks held off a late Inland Empire 66ers rally in a 9-6 win on Monday night at San Manuel Stadium.
JetHawks Stave Off Sixers to End Skid Monday
A standoff between a man and deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at Valencia Marketplace this morning has ended peacefully, according to officials.
Updated: Valencia Marketplace Standoff Ends Peacefully
The California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to slow down on the roadways and celebrate responsibly as our country’s Independence Day festivities draw closer.
CHP in Maximum Enforcement Mode on July 4 Weekend