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Sonoma County does not have funds for damages resulting from disasters and relies on state and federal support, which requires compliance with certain regulations. Image: Jean Beaufort has released this “Forest Fire” image under Public Domain license - CC0 Public Domain
Sonoma County does not have funds for damages resulting from disasters and relies on state and federal support, which requires compliance with certain regulations. Image: Jean Beaufort has released this “Forest Fire” image under Public Domain license - CC0 Public Domain

Understanding the FEMA Process:
What You Need to Know

 

Dec 25, 2019

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STAGE 1:
FEDERAL DECLARATION

Sonoma County does not have funds for damages resulting from disasters and relies on state and federal support, which requires compliance with certain regulations. Once a federal disaster declaration is made, the County meets with FEMA and Cal OES to determine scope of damage, address application procedures, requirements for eligibility and documentation, project planning, and funding options. This stage typically takes six months to one year.   

STAGE 2:
SITE VISITS

Once a list of projects is identified, site visits are coordinated with all agencies  for agreement on number of locations, extent of damage, work completed,  issues related to hazard mitigation, historic preservation, environmental  regulations, and project costs. The time schedule for this stage varies and is set  by our funding partners; it is not under the County's control.

STAGE 3:
DESIGN & ENGINEERING

After project sites and scope are approved, design and engineering of  permanent repairs can move forward. Due to the complexity of damage and  repairs following natural disasters, including obtaining environmental permits,  purchase of additional right-of-way, and challenging site conditions requiring  advanced construction techniques, this stage typically takes one to three years.  

STAGE 4:
PROJECT CONSTRUCTION

The Department of Transportation and Public Works performs permanent infrastructure  repairs across multiple sites, including bridge and road repairs, clearing of landslides and  stabilizing roads, removing hazard trees, fixing drainage and replacing culverts,  guardrails, road signs, and other critical safety infrastructure. This stage typically takes  three to five years.  

 

SONOMACOUNTY.CA.GOV/TPW |TPW@SONOMA-COUNTY.ORG  |(707) 565-2231 

 

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