SCU Fire Debris Removal Community Meeting Saturday 10/31

Location: County of Santa Clara Corporation Yard

Address: 47365 San Antonio Valley Road, Livermore, CA 94550

Dates: Saturday 10/31

time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and support you at both Assistance Centers during this difficult time. The numbers for Individual Assistance program (IA) attendees continues to grow at over 1,600.

 

As things have progressed the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a team that is assisting residents effected by the SCU Complex Fire with the process of debris removal. The EPA’s role is to make an initial pass through damaged properties to remove household hazardous wastes (HHW) from debris at no cost to you the property owner. EPA has been assigned a mission by FEMA and the State of California to assist residents of the SCU burn area with the process of debris removal. EPA’s role is to make an initial pass through damaged properties to remove household hazardous wastes (HHW) from debris. The attached fact sheet provides more information about the HHW removal process. EPA’s role in the recovery is to remove hazardous materials so that the next steps in the debris removal process can continue. EPA’s Emergency Response is solely focused on this mission and has no interest in any other aspects of the properties that sustained fire damage. EPA does not collect samples or any other information not related to HHW collection.

 

The first step of the HHW Phase I process is to send small reconnaissance teams (three or so persons) into the area to assess parcels for hazardous trees, identify access issues, and identify parcels that should be added to the group of properties to be assessed for HHW. The primary purpose of the recon teams is to make the HHW visits that follow more efficient and to minimize the time needed to accomplish this work. EPA teams are easily identified: vehicles are clearly placarded and crew members wear safety vests that identify them as either EPA or EPA Contractor. The Phase I HHW teams that follow will be larger, consisting of nine or ten persons.  Also, due to Covid protocols, vehicles are limited to one worker so there will be more vehicles than would normally be the case.

 

Please direct any questions you may have to the EPA hotline number (415-793-8794) or to EPA’s Public Information Officer Katherine Jenkins:

720-930-0842

jenkins.katherine@epa.gov

 

In order to give you more information about this process the County of Santa Clara and EPA are facilitating a community meeting to share insight about this and also answer any questions about the process.

 

Please see the information below for the upcoming meeting:

 

Location: County of Santa Clara Corporation Yard

Address: 47365 San Antonio Valley Road, Livermore, CA 94550

Dates: Saturday 10/31

time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

 

Since our Assistance Centers have closed. If you are still need of support from FEMA or the County please feel free to utilize the following support websites or support phone numbers:

 

FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline – Available seven days a week from 7:00 am – 1:00 am ET.  at 1-800-621-3362, TTY: 1-800-462-7585

 

Santa Clara County SCU Complex Fire Hotline – Please call: (408) 808-7778 (8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday), after 5:00 pm and on weekends, please call 211.

 

Also the FEMA Disaster Assistance website and our OEM SCU Fire Recovery website are listed below.

 

FEMA Individual Assistance Site: www.disasterassistance.gov

 

OEM Recovery Link: www.sccgov.org/lightningcomplex

 

Also if there are any members of the community that are not receiving this information please forward this along or let me know their information so we can ensure they are included in future communication.  Thank you

 

 

Respectfully,

 

Louay Toma CEM, MPA

Emergency Management

Santa Clara County Fire Department

Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Management

Office (408) 808-7800

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