Pennsylvania sends disaster support personnel to California

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — According to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), two PEMA employees are in California to assist with flooding and devastating damage across the state.

“The impact of the historic and deadly floods seen recently in California was as shocking as it was heartbreaking,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone states in the country, and as a result, our staff has the experience to provide this much needed support to our counterparts and communities in California.”

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PEMA staff will be near Sacramento, California’s capital, for two weeks.

California has asked for help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which allows all 50 states and US territories to share resources during disasters.

No Pennsylvania tax dollars will be used during PEMA staff deployment, as all costs related to EMAC assistance are paid by the requesting state, according to PEMA.