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What does disaster logistics do?

Disaster Logistics is responsible for building logistical capabilities across the state, so that we can store, transport, and deliver supplies in the most efficient manner possible. We collaborate with local, state, and federal emergency management partners to provide a truly integrated approach to disaster logistics.

Our mission is to provide timely logistical services and support for the people of California during emergencies. Cal OES Disaster Logistics works tirelessly to respond to various emergencies and disasters throughout California. Our team has also proudly supported various humanitarian efforts throughout the nation and abroad.

Financial Assistance

Federal Disaster Assistance


FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made avaiYour Title Goes Herelable to the state of California to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from Aug. 14 and continuing.

Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities in El Dorado County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Individual Assistance is under review.


FEMA assistance may be available for uninsured or underinsured primary residences damaged or destroyed by recent wildfires in the following counties:

  • Lassen
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • Tehama
  • Trinity

Survivors should contact their insurance carriers first before registering with FEMA.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured personal property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The registration deadline for DR-4610-CA is Monday, November 8, 2021. 

How to register for Federal Disaster Assistance for DR-4610-CA:

Californians can apply for FEMA assistance three ways:

  1. Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
  2. Download the FEMA App
  3. Call the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362 (TTY (800) 462-7585)

Open 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT, 7 days a week

After registering, you can set up an account to check your status, view messages from FEMA, update your personal information, and upload important documents. You can create an account by visiting disasterassistance.gov

Individual Assistance Applications Approved for DR-4610-CA

Learn more about the number of Individual Assistance applications approved and the Individual & Households Program dollars approved for the Dixie and River Fires here.

September 22, 2021: FEMA Inspections Begin in Counties Impacted by Wildfire

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Californians in Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Trinity, and Tehama counties who have been impacted by wildfires that started in July and August 2021 can now file for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The California Employment Development Department (EDD) administers these benefits, which are available to workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or businesses, or had their work hours reduced due to the ongoing wildfires. Deadline to apply has been extended to November 30,2021. Learn more here.

State Employee Assistance

As a state employee, if you or a family member are impacted by the fires in California, you may be eligible to receive state benefits. As we have multiple fires burning throughout the state, you or your family might be impacted. Below is some helpful information about services available to State employees dealing with the evacuations and impacts, as well as links to websites that contain the latest information on the two main fires in California. More information will be included if additional services and programs become available. Please note it is always important to listen to the local officials regarding evacuations and road closures, as well as obey all posted restrictions.

Information Sheet: Resources for State Employees Impacted by Recent Fires (PDF)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP Resources for Wildfires (PDF)
National EAP Resources for Wildfires (PDF)
Administrative Time Off (ATO)
Leave of Absence (LOA)
Catastrophic Leave – Natural Disasters
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
State Disability Insurance (SDI)/Paid Family Leave (PFL) & Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (NDI)
Savings Plus Accounts (401k/457b)
Magellan Wildfire Resources
Group Legal Services Insurance
VSP Vision Care

As a reminder, state employees can find information on fire resources on EAP website home page at here and can call EAP toll free number (1-866-327-4762) to access services any time of the day or night.

Helen Lopez

Helen Lopez

Assistant Director

Office: (916) 845-8534
Cell: (916) 612-9009
Email: Helen.Lopez@CalOES.ca.gov

Karen Navarro

Karen Navarro

International Affairs Specialist

Office: (916) 845-8771
Cell: (916)606-4890
Email: Karen.Navarro@CalOES.ca.gov

International Affairs Office

International Affairs Office

Memorandum of Understanding signing between Cal OES and Emergency Management Victoria. (Pictured from left to right: Craig Lapsley - Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria; Jane Garrett - Minister for Emergency Services, State of Victoria; Mark Ghilarducci – Director, Cal OES)

Memorandum of Understanding signing between Cal OES and Emergency Management Victoria. (Pictured from left to right: Craig Lapsley – Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria; Jane Garrett – Minister for Emergency Services, State of Victoria; Mark Ghilarducci – Director, Cal OES)


In 2018, Cal OES signed an MOU with Emergency Management Victoria, Australia to share emergency management best practices, safety awareness tactics for vulnerable populations, and collaborate on drought and fire response. Through this collaboration, firefighters from California and Victoria have aided in combatting the devastating wildfires in both jurisdictions in recent years.