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DISASTER COST RECOVERY Robert E. Byrd, CGFM County Auditor-Controller DISASTER COST RECOVERY ACO REPRESENTATIVES Tanya Harris – Finance & Admin Sect. Chief Micro 5-8375 La Trease Rankin – Financial Recovery Officer Micro 5-3834 What Do We Do? During a Disaster

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disaster cost recovery


Robert E. Byrd, CGFM

County Auditor-Controller

disaster cost recovery2



Tanya Harris – Finance & Admin Sect. Chief

Micro 5-8375

La Trease Rankin – Financial Recovery Officer

Micro 5-3834

what do we do
What Do We Do?

During a Disaster

  • Track costs associated with a disaster
    • Damage (Equipment, Buildings, Roads, etc)
    • Time (Personnel)
    • Purchases (Equipment & supplies)
  • Provide up-to-date financial data to:
    • County OES (Office of Emergency Services)
    • County Board of Supervisors
    • County Executives
At 10 a.m. on November 13, 2008, millions of people in homes, schools, businesses, government offices, and public places all over southern California will Drop, Cover, and Hold On. This is the largest earthquake preparedness activity in U.S. History! Why? Because an enormous earthquake is in our future, and the ShakeOut Drill is our chance to practice what to do when it happens.
The Great Southern California ShakeOut is based on a potential magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault— approximately 5,000 times larger than the magnitude 5.4 earthquake that shook southern California on July 29. It’s not a matter of if an earthquake of this size will happen—but when. And it is possible that it will happen in our lifetime.
Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey has led a group of over 300 scientists, engineers, and others to study the likely consequences of this potential earthquake in great detail. The result is the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario, which is also the basis of this year’s statewide emergency response exercise, Golden Guardian 2008.
In an earthquake of this size, the shaking will last for approximately four minutes. The strongest shaking will occur near the fault (in the projected earthquake, the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire and Antelope Valley).
An earthquake of this size will cause unprecedented damage to Southern California—greatly dwarfing the massive damage that occurred in Northridge’s 6.7-magnitude earthquake in 1994. In summary, the ShakeOut Scenario estimates this earthquake will cause some 2,000 deaths, 50,000 injuries, $200 billion in damage and other losses, and severe, long-lasting disruption. The report has regional implications and is a dramatic call to action for preparedness.
Unless we take action today, there will be major losses of life and property. The Great Southern California ShakeOut has been organized to help raise awareness as well as help Southern Californians prepare for the big earthquakes in our future.
golden guardian 2008

The Golden Guardian Statewide Exercise Series is the nation's largest state-sponsored emergency preparedness exercise endeavor. Golden Guardian is an ongoing annual event, comprised of a series of seminars, discussion based tabletop exercise and drills, culminating in a full scale exercise designed to test the emergency capabilities of the State of California to deter, prevent, respond and recover from a potential terrorist attack or catastrophic natural disaster.

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Riverside County’s Purpose:

To assess Riverside County and participating jurisdictions’ plans, policies and procedures for responding to a catastrophic earthquake.

This exercise will provide all participants with an opportunity to refine overall response and decision making processes. It will also enhance integration and coordination among responding county agencies and departments.

as a riverside county employee
As a Riverside County Employee….
  • Your Response to a Disaster During Non-Working Hours:
    • If physically, able, you are expected to report to work following a major disaster. You should not leave home until your critical personal and family emergency responsibilities have been met.
    • If you are unable to get to your assigned location, report to the nearest facility operated by your department.
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As a Riverside County Employee….

Per CA Government Code, Title 1, Section 3100, Chapter 8, Division 4:

“all public employees are hereby declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them or by law”

what you personally can do before an earthquake
What You Personally Can Do Before an Earthquake

Identify potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. Repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lighting fixtures to the ceiling, and following local seismic building standards, will help reduce the impact of earthquakes.

six ways to plan ahead
Six Ways to Plan Ahead

Check for Hazards in the Home :

Fasten shelves securely to walls.

Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.

Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.

Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit.

Brace overhead light fixtures.

Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks.

Secure a water heater by strapping it to the wall studs and bolting it to the floor.

Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.

Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.

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Six Ways to Plan Ahead

Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors :

Under sturdy furniture such as a heavy desk or table.

Against an inside wall.

Away from where glass could shatter around windows, mirrors, pictures, or where heavy bookcases or other heavy furniture could fall over.

In the open, away from buildings, trees, telephone and electrical lines, overpasses, or elevated expressways.

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Six Ways to Plan Ahead

Educate Yourself and Family Members :

Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter for more information on earthquakes.

Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

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Six Ways to Plan Ahead

Have Disaster Supplies on Hand :

See Handout “Home Emergency Supplies”

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Six Ways to Plan Ahead

Develop an Emergency Communication Plan :

In case family members are separated from one another during an earthquake (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), develop a plan for reuniting after the disaster.

Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

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Six Ways to Plan Ahead

Help Your Community Get Ready :

Publish a special section in your local newspaper with emergency information on earthquakes. Localize the information by printing the phone numbers of local emergency services offices, the American Red Cross, and hospitals.

Conduct a week-long series on locating hazards in the home.

Work with local emergency services and American Red Cross officials to prepare special reports for people with mobility impairments on what to do during an earthquake.

Provide tips on conducting earthquake drills in the home.

Interview representatives of the gas, electric, and water companies about shutting off utilities.

Work together in your community to apply your knowledge to building codes, retrofitting programs, hazard hunts, and neighborhood and family emergency plans.

do your homework
Do Your Homework
  • Begin now making preparations
    • Talk to your children’s school / daycare
    • Make arrangements for Elderly People, People with Disabilities and Pets
participate in the shakeout
Participate in the ShakeOut
  • Today: Register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.


  • Between now and November 13:   Consider what may happen in a big earthquake and plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to recover quickly. Talk to other people about what they have done, and encourage them to join you in getting more prepared.
we will do our homework
We will Do Our Homework
  • We are making sure that all Human Resources and Payroll files are backed up, saved and stored off site.
  • We are ensuring that during a disaster, all time/labor and costs are captured to ensure maximum reimbursement from State/Federal and any Local Agencies.
Make sure you and your family are prepared.
  • It’s not if, but when will it happen?


Tanya Harris – Finance & Admin Sect. Chief

Micro 5-8375

La Trease Rankin – Financial Recovery Officer

Micro 5-3834