Governor Brown to Attend Memorial Service for Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt., Survey Wildfire Impacts with Secretary Zinke and Emergency Officials in Ventura County Tomorrow

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. tomorrow will survey wildfire damage and join state, local and federal officials – including U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the state’s top fire and emergency management officials – at the Incident Command Post in Camarillo. The Governor will hold a media availability at the conclusion of a private briefing at the Incident Command Post, and will later attend the memorial service for Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus in Westlake Village.

Wildfire Media Briefing
When: Tomorrow, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 10:15 a.m.
Where: 480 Skyway Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010. Parking for media is available at Willis Ave. and Eubanks St.

**NOTE: This availability is open to credentialed media only. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Danella.Debel@gov.ca.gov by 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Memorial Service
When: Tomorrow, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village, CA 91362

**NOTE: For information on press coverage of the service, contact Captain Garo Kuredjian at 805-797-6322 or Sergeant Eric Buschow at 805-947-8129.

Earlier today, Governor Brown issued an executive order to cut red tape and help streamline wildfire recovery efforts in communities across the state, surveyed wildfire damage in Butte County, met with residents impacted by the Camp Fire and held a briefing at the Incident Command Post in Chico with state, local and federal officials – including Secretary Zinke, FEMA Administrator Brock Long and leaders of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CAL FIRE, California Highway Patrol and California National Guard.

On Monday, Governor Brown announced that the state has secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response and help residents recover from fires burning in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. On Sunday, the Governor requested a major disaster declaration and joined leaders of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CAL FIRE, California Highway Patrol and California National Guard to provide an update on firefighting efforts at the State Operations Center in Mather, which has been activated to its highest level and is coordinating with local, state and federal emergency response officials to address emergency management needs.

A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties due to multiple fires and late last week, California secured direct federal assistance to further support the impacted communities – within 24 hours of making the request. Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits have also been made available for workers who lost jobs or had work hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Information on additional resources for residents impacted by the fires is available at http://wildfirerecovery.org/.

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