Newsom declares state of emergency for Southern California

California is ready to respond to any damage that the latest storms bring to Southern California.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency for Southern California on Sunday as the region deals with the latest atmospheric river. 

The state of emergency allows California to act swiftly to provide support for the region in case the storms cause damage. 


The big picture: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties were listed in the state of emergency. 

  • Newsom’s office said the proclamation includes provisions authorizing a California National Guard response if needed, facilitating unemployment benefits for impacted residents and making it easier for out-of-state contractors and utilities to repair storm damage.” 
  • That state has already mobilized 8,500 state-coordinated, prepositioned emergency response assets to respond to potential flooding, landslides, travel impacts and 911 calls. 

What they’re saying: “California: this is a serious storm with dangerous and potentially life-threatening impacts. Please pay attention to any emergency orders or alerts from local officials,” Newsom said. “California is ready with a record number of emergency assets on the ground to respond to the impacts of this storm.” 

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