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Monday marks the fourth anniversary of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. On that day, 14 people, including 13 members of our County family, were taken from us. Many more were wounded, physically and emotionally.
We will always remember these 14 souls, and we will continue to support those who are still healing.
The County Government Family invites you to join us wherever you may be in observing a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Monday, December 2.
At that time, the County will pay tribute on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms. I have directed flags at all County facilities to be flown at half-mast on Monday. If you fly an American flag at home or at your place of work, we ask that you lower your flags to half-staff on Monday in honor of those who were taken from us on that tragic day four years ago.
If you are experiencing trauma stemming from the events of December 2, 2015, resources are available to help you. Please click here for more information.
Please continue to support those who are still hurting and healing and continue to care for each other.
Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Assistant County Fire Chief Dan Munsey will serve as the new Fire Chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District effective immediately following his appointment by County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride, with concurrence from the Board of Supervisors.
Munsey, who has served with County Fire since 1995, succeeds Mark Hartwig, who left the department in February to accept a job as fire chief for Santa Barbara County. Deputy Fire Chief Don Trapp has served as interim chief since Hartwig’s departure.
Munsey’s appointment concluded a nationwide recruiting effort that began shortly after Hartwig’s departure and yielded a broad field of applicants.
“There were several outstanding candidates,” McBride said. “But the Board and I concluded that Assistant Chief Munsey offered the best combination of the traits we were seeking: the leadership skills and commitment to operate County Fire effectively and professionally, and the ability and desire to work productively with public safety agencies throughout the county.”
“Being chosen to serve as fire chief for this organization is a tremendous honor,” Munsey said. “This is a team of highly skilled, dedicated professionals who serve a great community. I am excited about this opportunity to lead them and provide them with the tools and the environment they need to help County Fire fully achieve its great potential.”
In his most recent assignment as Assistant Chief, Division 11, Munsey was responsible for rescue operations, fire, and emergency medical response in the High Desert region, which is the largest of the five regions served by San Bernardino County Fire.
Munsey began his career in the fire service in 1995 as a paid-call firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in 1998, where he was assigned to Lake Arrowhead. He has worked in every division of County Fire, promoting to captain in 2004, battalion chief in 2008, and assistant chief in March 2014.
Munsey holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on business and government and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University. Munsey is the current president of the Operations Section of the California Fire Chiefs Association and president of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. He has been active for a decade in the Rotary Club of San Bernardino, Victorville, and Yucca Valley.
In 2013, Munsey graduated from the San Bernardino County Management & Leadership Academy, a program that provides comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. Participants gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public service management and leadership practices, with specific emphasis on understanding their application within San Bernardino County government.
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has about 1,000 employees, covers approximately 19,000 of the county’s 20,105 square miles, and serves more than 60 incorporated municipalities and unincorporated communities within four Regional Service Zones – Mountain, North Desert, South Desert and Valley – including the City of Grand Terrace, City of Hesperia, City of Needles, City of San Bernardino, City of Twentynine Palms, City of Upland, Town of Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas. Additionally, County Fire provides contractual fire protection services to two cities: Adelanto and Fontana, via its independent fire protection district.
County Fire is a community-based, all-hazard emergency services organization providing emergency mitigation and management for fire suppression, emergency medical services, ambulance services, hazardous materials response, arson investigation, hazard and terrorism/weapons of mass destruction abatement, and technical rescue, including water-borne, flooding and mudslide, and winter rescue operations.
Ventura County Judge Nancy Ayers ruled today against the release of Sexually Violent Predator Ross Wollschlager into the unincorporated community of Joshua Tree. Last month, Judge Ayers proposed releasing Ventura County resident Wollschlager into San Bernardino County, sparking massive opposition from the community and elected officials. San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe attended the hearing and spoke in opposition to Wollschlager’s proposed placement.
“I must commend Judge Ayers for listening to my concerns and those of the local residents who would’ve been impacted by this predator’s release,” said Rowe. “Because of the efforts of Sheriff John McMahon, District Attorney Jason Anderson, and the hundreds of residents who attended the community meeting last month, we were able to stand against this injustice. I’m proud of what we accomplished here today,” added Rowe.
The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 22 unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Wollschlager’s release into San Bernardino County.
Wollschlager, a convicted rapist and child molester, was scheduled to be released from the custody of the State Department of Hospitals under a program known as Conditional Release. Unable to find a landlord willing to house him in Ventura County, Judge Ayers ordered the state to look at other housing options, which included San Bernardino County.
However, following public comment at the hearing on Thursday, Judge Ayers reversed her decision citing concerns with the threat Wollschlager would pose to Joshua Tree National Park’s three million annual visitors, the number of vulnerable residents living in close proximity, and the long response times for law enforcement calls for service in the Morongo Basin.
“The judge’s ruling demonstrates that when a community bands together over a common cause, we can make a difference. Because we had so many community members and elected leaders who were willing to stand up and fight for what is right, Joshua Tree residents won’t have to live in fear for their safety. I’d also like to highlight the efforts of Deputy District Attorneys Maureen O’Connell and Dan Ross, and the deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station for their work to make the public aware of Wollschlager’s proposed placement,” state Rowe.
Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe, Sheriff John McMahon and District Attorney Jason Anderson will conduct an urgent community meeting in Joshua Tree on Oct. 21 regarding plans by the state to release sexually violent predator Ross Wollschlager into Joshua Tree.
The purpose of the meeting is to “present information to concerned community members and voice our collective opposition of Wollschlager’s placement within San Bernardino County, for the specific purpose of public safety and awareness,” Supervisor Rowe said.
Today, Oct. 17, the District Attorney’s Office announced it had received a letter from the State of California Department of Hospitals concerning a residential placement recommendation made to the Ventura County Superior Court for the community placement of Wollschlager, who was committed as a sexually violent predator, into the community of Joshua Tree.
Under Welfare & Institutions Code §6609.2, the sheriff has authority to give notice of any impending release of a sexually violent predator. During Monday’s meeting, the Sheriff’s Department will summarize the court proceedings to date, as well as those subsequently scheduled, while informing the public regarding options available to the community.
The meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Club, 6225 Sunburst St. in Joshua Tree.
Supervisor Dawn Rowe’s status as a member of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors has not changed as a result of Wednesday’s lower court decision. The County appealed the decision this morning and maintains the judge’s decision was in error. The appeal stays the ruling until it can be scrutinized by a higher court.
The Dec. 18 appointment of Supervisor Rowe was legal, proper, and conducted with full transparency and multiple opportunities for full public participation, including public testimony, opportunities for all applicants to publicly address the Board of Supervisors, public interviews, and the inclusion of a seemingly endless amount of mail and email correspondence from residents. The County considers Wednesday’s action as the latest step in a lengthy legal process.
“Our appointment of Dawn Rowe to the Board of Supervisors was conducted openly and honestly, and for the past nine months she has served the people of this county very well,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Supervisor Rowe represents the Third District with integrity, intelligence, compassion and fairness. We should not have to defend the appointment, but we will do so every step of the way.”
San Bernardino County has a longstanding tradition of serving as perhaps the most open and transparent local government agency in California. For example:
- The County was the first in the state to post Board of Supervisors agendas and all supporting materials, including contracts, on the Internet.
- San Bernardino County was among the first to require the online posting of statements of economic interests by its elected and appointed officials.
- The County was the first, and is perhaps the only, county to establish Board of Supervisors meeting videoconferencing to allow people in remote locations to participate in meetings and address the board.
The County has won more than 300 state and national awards for innovation and efficiency since 2010 – more than any other county in the nation.
San Bernardino County’s Terrorist Attack Legacy Report & Organizational Review created following the December 2, 2015 tragedy won a prestigious California Counties Innovation Award on Monday from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and was considered one of the top two projects in the state by CSAC’s judges out of 284 entries.
One report is an organizational review documenting County government’s response to and recovery from the attack. The other is a first-of-its-kind legacy report designed as a resource for other agencies coping with or preparing for a similar incident.
“Our County suffered a terrible tragedy when our employees were attacked on December 2, 2015. There was no guidebook for us to follow to help us deal with an endless array of unprecedented immediate and long-term challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We hope that something like this never happens again, but we knew that we had a duty to commission these reports to help other public agencies navigate the circumstances no one ever hopes to face. We are deeply honored by this recognition.”
The legacy document can be viewed here and the organizational review is available here. Both reports can be found at sbcounty.gov in the “Where to Find” section under “December 2 Legacy Report and Organizational Review.” The County also provided the reports to leaders at CSAC, the National Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association as a resource to them and their members.
The reports were created by CPARS Consulting which assembled a team of experts in emergency management and response, communications and public information, and human resources and employee services to interview hundreds of County employees and review documents.
CSAC also recognized the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services with two awards – a Challenge Award for their Mobile Health Outreach – Anatomical Models program which helps educate older and disabled adults on self-examinations and identifying potentially life-threatening health issues; and a Merit Award for their Coordinated Care Collaborative program, which ensures low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal, receive optimal case management services.
The San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services also received a CSAC Merit Award for their Service of Process program, which expedites service of summons and complaints for child support and reduces costs by utilizing certified mail for child support customers residing outside of California.
Each year, CSAC honors best practices in county governments in California. This year, CSAC received 284 entries from counties throughout California. The County of San Bernardino won five CSAC Awards in 2018, four in 2017, four in 2016, three in 2015 and 2014, five in 2013, three in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010.
The County has won more than 300 state and national awards for innovative and cost-saving programs since 2010, including 52 awards from the National Association of Counties in May.
“Our County is proud CSAC and other organizations consistently recognize the commitment to public service and work ethic our employees exhibit on a daily basis – whether it be another community impacted by violence, or seniors and children who need and deserve services in our county,” Hagman said.
CSAC will present the awards to the County at an upcoming San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting.
You may have noticed or will soon see U.S. Census employees in your neighborhood. It’s not 2020 yet, but in preparation for the 2020 U.S. Census, these locally hired workers are on foot throughout San Bernardino County and the nation checking addresses to help ensure next year’s decennial count is as accurate and as complete as possible.
Funding to support and improve our communities depends on a successful census, so please cooperate with anyone carrying a Census I.D. badge as they might have some very simple questions for you. For more information and a helpful video, please click here.
The San Bernardino County and Riverside County boards of supervisors have joined forces to create the Inland Empire Complete Count Committee, a leadership body that draws on representatives from the nonprofit, government, education, business and philanthropic sectors to focus energy and leverage various resources toward ensuring a complete and accurate count in our region. Why? Because, Together, We Count.
Serving as the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors for nearly 10 years, Laura Welch retires tomorrow, Aug. 2, after more than 31 years of service to the county and its residents. Lynna Monell, a 23-year county employee who served as Chief Deputy Clerk of the Board from 2010 until Ms. Welch’s retirement, has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Ms. Welch as Clerk of the Board.
With 13 staff positions and an annual budget of $2.2. million, the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors prepares and maintains records of actions taken by the Board of Supervisors, oversees membership of the county’s boards, commissions and committees, licenses businesses operating in the county unincorporated areas, and facilitates the filing and hearing of appeals of assessed property valuations.
Ms. Welch was honored by the Board of Supervisors during its July 23 meeting. She received the County Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence in 1994 and 2007, and served as president of the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association in 2014. Ms. Welch was instrumental in the implementation of multiple computer systems within the clerk’s office, including SIRE, the prior agenda management system; Granicus, the county’s meeting streaming system; and most recently Legistar, the new electronic agenda management system, which streamlined the board agenda item submission and approval process. Prior to her service with the county, Ms. Welch served in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of sergeant.
Ms. Monell holds a master’s degree in public administartion, organizational leadership from National University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State San Bernardino. She is a member of the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association and the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials. She has been with the Clerk of the Board’s office since 2006.
The County will post daily updates and information here. Residents of Trona and other San Bernardino County communities impacted by the July 4 and 5 earthquakes can have questions answered by calling toll-free 1(877) 410-8829
Monday, August 26, 2019
The Small Business Administration will be closing its Trona Disaster Loan Outreach Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29. The center is at 13207 Jones St. in Trona and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday. For more information, visit https://www.sba.gov/offices/disaster/dfocw/resources/1647366
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Cal OES continues to provide information and resources to people affected by the July 4 and 5 earthquakes in Trona. Their blog item with information can be viewed at the following link: http://www.oesnews.com/where-to-go-for-california-earthquake-assistance/
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
The USDA has confirmed Trona is an eligible rural area for the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program for those affected by the July 4 and 5 earthquakes. Click here for more information on the assistance available.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is making low-interest federal disaster loans available to businesses and residents affected by the July 4 and 5 earthquakes in Trona. SBA will be in Trona, 13207 Jones St. beginning 9 a.m. Friday and will remain open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information.
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
- Because of low demand, starting Friday, dumpster service at the Trona Library and in Argus across from the Shell Station will be discontinued. Residents are encouraged to take their waste to the Trona Transfer Station located on 13177 Trona Dump Road. The transfer station will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Transfer station is now accepting clean construction and demolition materials such as concrete, brick, block and lumber. For questions please call the Solid Waste Management Division at (909) 386-8701.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Southern California Edison has announced several measures intended to assist Trona-area quake victims. Representatives are available on a dedicated line in SCE’s contact center to help our impacted customers; 1-800-250-7339, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the things Edison can do are discontinue billing for homes that have been destroyed or are deemed uninhabitable, offer reasonable payment plans to help ease the financial impacts resulting from the disaster event, and suspend disconnection for non-payment when necessary. There are also discount plans and programs for customer reliant on electrically operated medical equipment. Click here or here for details.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
- The Recovery Center at 13207 Jones St. in Trona will transition to its pre-earthquake County service schedule starting at the end of the day Wednesday, July 31. Hours will be Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will include Transitional Assistance and, for a limited time, Behavioral Health and Land Use Services, which includes Building and Safety, Planning, and Code Enforcement. Other County services are available by phone and at www.sbcounty.gov. Please see details here. The Trona Branch Library will continue to serve as a cooling center during regular library hours.
Monday, July 29, 2019
- The County has published a Frequently Asked Questions and Services Directory for San Bernardino County residents and businesses affected by the earthquakes. View or download here. It will be updated regularly.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
- Construction debris bins are available starting Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Trona Transfer Station, 13177 Trona Dump Road. Click here for details and guidelines.
- A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held Saturday, August 10 and Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the San Bernardino County Fire Station, 83732 Trona Rd. in Trona. Click here for details.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
- Effective Friday, the Local Assistance Center will be closed at Trona High School. A Recovery Center will open at 13207 Jones St. in Trona. Click here for more information.
- The boil water notice has officially been lifted for the Trona area. It is no longer necessary to boil tap water or to consume bottled water.
- The Trona Library (cooling center) will be resuming normal operating hours on Thursday, July 18. Normal operating hours are: Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday: closed, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday: closed
- The new phone numbers for customers to contact the Searles Domestic Water Company are: 760-382-3776 760-382-8553. No past due fees for the water bills will be assessed this month due to the earthquakes in Trona and surrounding communities.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
- The Trona Transfer Station will return to regular operating hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The dumpsters located at the Trona Library (82805 Mountain View, Trona, CA 93562) and Argus Area (across from Shell Station, 82275 Trona Road, Trona, CA 93562) will be remain available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until 7/19/19.
- Trona residents in need of non-construction clean-up may call Team Rubicon (volunteer organization) to request assistance.
Please call 310-640-8787 and follow the prompt or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. For more information on Team Rubicon visit http://teamrubiconusa.org
- An update on building inspections in Trona and surrounding San Bernardino County communities.
- All initial inspections of earthquake damaged structures in Trona and nearby San Bernardino County communities have been completed by damage assessment teams led by the County Fire Marshal, including building inspectors from Land Use Services. Structures that were not tagged as Yellow or Red, can be assumed to be Green-tagged, with no major damage noted. However, residents are encouraged to call Land Use Services at 760-995-8140 or 909-387-8311 to request a follow-up inspection if they have particular safety concerns, or to re-evaluate the tag status, considering repairs (such as a gas line or other utility repair).
- Remember: A yellow tag means the occupant may enter briefly to retrieve essential items. A red tag means the building is not safe to enter.
- If you have a yellow or red tag, call for an inspection appointment to discuss the damage assessment and next steps.
- Veterans Town Hall
- A Veterans Town Hall will be held Wednesday, July 17 at the Elks Lodge in Trona. For more information, click here.
- Sunday, July 14, 2019
- Trona Earthquakes Rattle, Displace Residents, Many Buildings Deemed Unsafe to Return
- San Bernardino County Fire Damage Assessment Team, with the assistance of County Building & Safety, and Code Enforcement, and CalOES, has completed its damage assessment of the communities of Trona, Argus, Red Mountain, and Windy Acres following the devastating earthquakes that shook the area on July 4th and 5th.
- All building inspections have been assessed and completed. A full report is expected to be released within the week and will be sent to state and federal officials for review. FEMA will ultimately determine if the earthquake damage meets the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act criteria/threshold for assistance, such as low interest loans.
- If your property has sustained some damage but has not been tagged by County Fire, it is safe to return. Damage reports are used for FEMA and insurance purposes only. The following properties have been determined to be unsafe or unlivable:
- Red-Tagged: 31
- Yellow-Tagged: 51
- Red-Tagged: 8
- Yellow-Tagged: 4
- Underground Storage Fuel Tanks Red-Tagged: 4
- Tag Definition
- Red-Tagged – not habitable in current conditions, structure has been severely damaged to the degree that that it is too dangerous to inhabit.
- Yellow-Tagged – moderately damaged to the degree that its habitability is limited, not suitable for overnight stays, limited occupancy.
- If you feel your home has become unsafe, you can visit our Local Assistance Center (LAC) at Trona High School daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 877-410-8829 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and safety officials will respond and inspect the structure. Final day for inspections is Tuesday, July 16.
- Friday, July 12, 2019
- At 6:11 a.m., there was a swarm of aftershocks including 4.9 and 3.1 magnitude earthquakes registering 8 kilometers east northeast of Ridgecrest. Damage is still being evaluated.
- Roundtrip service to the American Red Cross shelter in Ridgecrest has been expanded through Monday. At 9 a.m and 12:30 p.m, the shuttle will depart from the Ridgecrest Red Cross Shelter to Trona High School. At 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the shuttle will leave Trona High School to the Ridgecrest Red Cross Shelter.
- The Trona transfer station, 13177 Trona Dump Rd, Searles Valley, will be open to accept household waste from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The Transfer Station will also be open this Sunday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Trona Library, 82805 Mountain View Street in Trona is also accepting household trash from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting Monday, July 15, household trash will be accepted at the Argus Fire Station, 82275 Trona Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, July 11, 2019
- All water has been restored to Trona. Report water leaks to 760-372-2291. Boil water order still in effect until further notice. For information on what to do during a boil water order, click here.
- Wednesday, July 10, 2019
- At 1:09 p.m. a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was registered near Trona. No reports of additional damage or injuries reported at this time.
- Residents of Trona and other San Bernardino County communities impacted by the July 4 and 5 earthquakes can have questions answered by calling toll-free 1(877) 410-8829
- 2ND COOLING CENTER OPENS: First Baptist Church of Searles Valley, 84661 Trona Rd., 93562 is open to residents from 8a.m. to 7:30p.m.
- ROAD CLOSURES: until further notice: Austin St. between Main St. and Jones St. (or Market St.)
Searles St. between Main St. and Jones St. (or Market St.)
- Tuesday, July 9, 2019:
- On Wednesday, July 10, San Bernardino County will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) at Trona High School located at 83600 Trona Rd. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The LAC is a one-stop location to access supportive services for residents affected by the earthquakes. Resources are provided free of charge. The following agencies are scheduled to provide resources and/or services at the LAC:
- County Departments: Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, Aging and Adult Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Veterans Affairs, Land Use Services, Preschool Services, Transitional Assistance Department, Water and Sanitation,Workforce Development Department. Others include: Faith Based Organizations, Insurance agencies, Southern California Edison. The LAC will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. For up to date information, visit this Trona Earthquake Recovery page.
- Residents of the Trona and Windy Acres areas and the news media are invited to attend a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at Trona High School, 83600 Trona Road, Trona. Elected officials and service experts from San Bernardino County, federal and state governments, and local utility providers will discuss the status of response and recovery efforts related to the July 4 and 5 earthquake swarm. Participants will include the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the County Fire Protection District, County Public Health, County Public Works, and other San Bernardino County agencies. In attendance will be State Senator Shannon Grove, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, First District County Supervisor Robert Lovingood, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte. The various speakers will address the status of recovery efforts specific to the San Bernardino County communities affected by the earthquakes and services to residents. Residents will have an opportunity to speak and ask questions publicly and privately following the meeting. Participants will also be available to the news media.
- President Donald Trump declared an emergency for California to allow federal agencies to administer aid to those affected by the earthquakes. The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide disaster relief in San Bernardino and Kern counties.
- Monday, July 8, 2019:
- Trona County Library will open as a COOLING CENTER from 10 am. to 6 p.m. Tuesday (tomorrow) to Thursday, July 18. A portable restroom will also be available outside the Library, 82805 Mountain View Street.
- Portable showers will be available starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday (tomorrow) at Trona High School, 83600 Trona Road. Medical services will also be available at the high school starting Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Trona Post Office is closed until further notice. All residents are directed to go to the Ridgecrest Post Office to conduct all postal needs including picking up and dropping off mail – 101 E. Coso Ave, 93555. Main phone for the Postal Service is 1-800-275-8777.
- All natural gas has been restored to the Trona area. For residents needing gas restoration, call 1-800-PGE-5000 (1-800-743-5000). People are advised to mention that they are calling for earthquake restoration services.
- Shuttles are now available for Trona residents to the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest where the American Red Cross has set up a shelter. A once-a-day shuttle will depart at 10 a.m. from Trona High School, 83600 Trona Rd. and return from the American Red Cross Shelter in Ridgecrest at noon. Water continues to be available at Trona High School.
- Trona residents: To report damage or specific needs please contact the San Bernardino County Emergency Operations Center at 909-356-3998 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Mental health services continue to be provided through Friday at Trona High School, 83600 Trona Road.
- Saturday, July 6, 2019:
- Early Saturday morning, San Bernardino County signed a declaration of local emergency to assist the San Bernardino County communities affected by two days of earthquakes.
- Under the coordination of the County Office of Emergency Services, County officials and departments have been working around the clock to assess the situation in Trona and provide vital services to residents.
- There are numerous injuries and damaged residences in Trona. The County is working to determine the number of injured and damaged homes. County public works crews continue to assess and repair the road damage and per SCE, power has been restored.
- Friday, July 5, 2019:
- The State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water, the San Bernardino County Health Department, and the Searles Domestic Water Company are advising residents of Trona to only use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes.
The affected area includes: Westend, South Trona, Argus, and Trona Village.
- A comfort and care shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center, 100 W. California Ave. in Ridgecrest.
Early Saturday morning, San Bernardino County signed a declaration of local emergency to assist the San Bernardino County communities affected by two days of earthquakes.
“We appreciate the outreach and support from the Governor’s office and White House. FEMA has also provided resources to affected areas,” stated Hagman.
Under the coordination of the County Office of Emergency Services, County officials and departments have been working around the clock to assess the situation in Trona and provide vital services to residents.
“Rapid response within 30 minutes from our departments, Sheriff, County Fire, Office of Emergency, Caltrans, ICEMA, Public Health, Building & Safety, County Purchasing and the County Administrative Office ensured that our residents received our full support following this earthquake,” shared Chairman Hagman.
“We appreciate the efforts from everyone working on this incident and are doing all we can to assist those affected,” he continued.
There are numerous injuries and damaged residences in Trona. The County is working to determine the number of injured and damaged homes. County public works crews continue to assess and repair the road damage and per SCE, power has been restored.