I.C. Board of Supervisors ratifies Local Emergency

I.C. Board of Supervisors ratifies Local Emergency


IMPERIAL COUNTY - The Imperial County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the damages and recovery process from Sunday's earthquakes in Brawley. 

After 3 days of attempting to clean up and fully recover from Sunday's earthquakes and the aftershocks that have followed, Imperial County Fire Chief Tony Rouhotas, came before the Board of Supervisors and asked that a local state of emergency be ratified. 

The board of supervisors voted unanimously in favor of it. 

After the meeting, the Imperial Valley Disaster Recovery Team, also known as IV DRT, held a press conference to discuss assistance for the earthquake victims.  

"Our biggest challenge will be to raise money", said IV DRT representative Roberta Burns. "We know how quickly we're gonna need to help these people and how long it's gonna take to get them sustained for the future". 

According to Chief Rouhotas, agencies county-wide came to the aid of Brawley during the earthquake. Cities like Calipatria, Calexico, Holtville and El Centro all provided mutual aid.

There is a loan program available for those that have been displaced by the earthquake.

But according to Esperanza Colio, the Imperial County Community and Economic Development Manager, it is important to follow the regulations put forward. "If they don't follow the procedures, they're not actually qualified for the program", she says, "The state will not allow us to provide any loans to families that don't follow their regulations". 

Although there is more coming, some help is already available for earthquake victims, according to City Manager, Rosanna Bayon Moore, the city is doing everything they can to get the word out. "We want to make sure people are aware of the resources that are available", she says. "If we have local businesses that have experienced financial impacts, we're trying our best to account for those impacts". 

IV DRT is taking any donations at this time and they are setting up a Local Assistance Center in Brawley on Friday and Saturday. It will be held at The Brawley Teen Center at 220 Magnolia Street and will be open from 8 am to 6 pm.

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