State Auditor says Butte County unprepared for a natural disaster

A report from the California State Auditor says Butte County is not prepared to protect vulnerable residents during a natural disaster.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 9:02 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A new report from the California State Auditor said Butte County is one of three California counties not adequately prepared to protect vulnerable populations during a natural disaster.

In the 158-page report, the audit points out that before the most recent significant wildfires Butte County emergency response teams did not have up-to-date plans for alerting and warning residents for danger from natural disasters. That includes conducting evacuations and sheltering evacuees.

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The auditor found Butte, Sonoma, and Ventura counties, had not adequately reviewed populations to determine who was at risk with functional needs; those with disabilities, the elderly or those with limited English abilities.

The report also said Cal OES failed to provide important resources to help local communities in planning for disasters, despite laws requiring them to do so. 

Read the full report, below:

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