They established recovery efforts which would last for several months after the

They established recovery efforts which would last

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They established recovery efforts which would last for several months after the fires were off. The housing shortages and crumbling infrastructures were all critical damages which the community hoped to recover from during and after the firefighting efforts. Considering that most of the communities have limited resources and pulling resources from the federal government was necessary. While in most cases communities are able to recover from the impact of fire incident these particular incidents were considered different and resources were pulled from federal agencies as well. The cost of recovery was borne by property owners, insurers and all the taxpayers through the state and federal disaster assistance programs. The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) was extensively committed since the wildfires began. Most of the operations conducted by Cal OES included shelter operations, removing debrils and long-term recovery from the disasters. The Cal OES established a task force to act on the various areas of need following the disaster. Volunteer and donation management is an important area of operation facilitating the attainment of all the recovery objectives. For each of the areas such as school, housing among others there were extensive efforts to identify the problems and implement solutions to those problems. For instance by November 2018 the removal of ash and fire debris had been completed recovering 1.7 million tons of debris cross all counties. Cal OES was also actively involved in communication to ensure that all the victims of the fires received adequate information on the disaster assistance. Search and rescue operations were also promoted through the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
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FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES 5 CHP personnel have included non-uniformed employees to provide assistance on addressing various problems. The individuals also helped in clearing the roadways. Another recovery strategy during the wildfires was establishment of the base camp to host the victims and the recovery personnel. The California National Guard provided general use shelters for the recovery operations. This strategy involved building collaboration from different partners to ensure efficient recovery. Another recovery initiative was provision of emergency medical services to the victims in the shelters. With several tents set in different areas the volunteers were deployed to the field to give medical support. The Emergency Medical Service Authority (EMSA) was responsible of coordinating the nurse support to ensure maximum and efficient support to the victims on the camp. Public health personnel were also dispatched to the shelters to install protocols that helped prevent the spread of the diseases. The primary purpose of these strategies was to ensure that the fire victims were protected from other disasters in the recovery process.
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  • Fall '16
  • Emergency service, Federal emergency Management Agency

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