SACRAMENTO – The White House has approved California’s request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance in the wake of multiple large earthquakes in the Ridgecrest area, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.
“California is grateful for President Trump’s approval of our request and the ongoing efforts of local, state and federal emergency responders to protect communities across the region,” Newsom said.
The emergency declaration supplements state and local efforts in providing emergency services for the protection of lives, property and public health and safety.
More information on state and federal disaster declarations can be found here.
Previously, the Governor declared a state of emergency in Kern and San Bernardino counties and toured the impacted area near Ridgecrest to meet with first responders, elected leaders and residents impacted by the earthquakes.
Last week, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services activated the State Operations Center in Mather to its highest level. It is coordinating with local, state and federal emergency response officials to address all emergency management needs.