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Congressman McCarthy Reaffirms Commitment to Ensuring That California Has Resources During Emergencies

Apr 2, 2019
Press Release

California has faced many natural disasters over the past several years. From drought to flooding to fires, Californians have had to persevere through some of the deadliest and destructive disasters in our state’s history. Through each experience, Congressman Kevin McCarthy has worked directly with federal, state, and local officials to ensure that immediate and long-term federal response and support is on hand to help Californians. That coordination is vital to saving lives, rebuilding our communities, and returning to a semblance of normal life following a disaster. One official who consistently answers the call to serve is Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Mark Ghilarducci.
Today, Congressman McCarthy met with Director Ghilarducci in his Washington, D.C. office to discuss emergency preparation efforts. The meeting was as an opportunity to learn more about California’s thorough emergency prevention and detection plans in the state's never-ending goal to ensure public safety during a large-scale crisis.

"Director Mark Ghilarducci of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is an old friend who I’ve known for many years," said Congressman McCarthy. “I thank him for his steadfast commitment to protecting Californians through robust preparedness strategies and disaster mitigation."

McCarthy reviews map of California fires.

Over the years, McCarthy has seen CalOES’s work firsthand. In 2016, the Erskine Fire tore through his Congressional district - lasting several weeks and wrecking everything in its path. It was the largest fire to ever hit Kern County and one of the worst in California's history; it left their community feeling vulnerable.

"Just a few years ago, the Erskine Fire ravaged Lake Isabella, and CalOES was there each step of the way providing every resource imaginable,” McCarthy recalled. “Without CalOES’s immediate action, this fire would have surely been even more devastating. The Erskine Fire left a painful memory in our community - 309 buildings were destroyed and two lives were sadly lost -  Byron and Gladys McKaig. We must honor their memory by always being prepared for the possibility of unexpected threats, so that future lives can be saved.”

Congressman McCarthy visits damage caused by the Erskine Fire, 2016.

Monday’s meeting was a moment for McCarthy to reaffirm his commitment to ensuring that California has enough resources ready for future crises.
"Proactively having a plan in place is crucial to reducing the devastation of natural disasters, and I will continue fighting to ensure that our state always has abundant resources to effectively and swiftly respond to an emergency,” stated McCarthy.