EXECUTIVE ORDER S-18-09


            WHEREAS due to the destruction caused by numerous wildfires that began in August 2009, I and the Lieutenant Governor have proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in the Counties of Los Angeles, Mariposa, Monterey, Placer, Santa Cruz and Yuba; and

            WHEREAS many of these fires continue to threaten people and property, are burning thousands of acres, damaging or destroying homes and other structures, causing emergency evacuations, and causing people to seek emergency shelter; and

            WHEREAS on August 31, 2009, I issued Executive Order S-16-2009 which, among other things, waives certain fees for replacement of vital records, eliminates the waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits, improves coordination of disaster assistance services, expedites contracting for resources essential to responding and recovering from the fires, and accelerates restoration of burned areas; and

            WHEREAS on September 1, 2009, I proclaimed a state of emergency for the wildfires in San Bernardino County that continue to burn and threaten people and property; and

            NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, including the Emergency Services Act and in particular Government Code sections 8567 and 8571, do hereby issue this Executive Order, effective immediately, to mitigate the effects of the emergency due to the wildfires in San Bernardino County.

            IT IS HEREBY ORDERED the all benefits and provisions of Executive Order S-16-2009 are extended to San Bernardino County.

            I FURTHER DIRECT THAT, as soon as hereafter possible, this Order shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this Order.