Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims State of Emergency in Imperial County Due to Earthquake

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today proclaimed a state of emergency in Imperial County due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, centered in Baja California, Mexico, which occurred yesterday, impacting the Southern California region by disrupting telephone communications, buckling roads, breaking water mains and damaging critical water storage facilities.

The text of the proclamation is below:

A PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on April 4, 2010, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, centered in Baja California, Mexico, caused severe damage in the southern California region; and

WHEREAS earthquake aftershocks continue to occur in the region; and

WHEREAS the earthquake has disrupted telephone communications, buckled roads, broken water mains, and damaged critical water storage facilities; and

WHEREAS the earthquake has caused structural damage to public and private buildings, and required the evacuation of residents; and

WHEREAS on April 5, 2010, Imperial County declared a local emergency and requested that I declare a state of emergency; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this earthquake by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist in Imperial County due to the earthquake.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the state Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within Imperial County.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the State Emergency Plan, and that Cal EMA provide local government assistance under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 5th day of April 2010.