2023 February/March Winter Storms
Trinity County proclaimed a local emergency for the 2023 February/March Winter Storms on March 12, 2023, and has requested state and federal assistance. On March 14, 2023, Trinity County was added to the Governor's State of Emergency.
While a proclamation of a local emergency may result in state and/or federal assistance being made available, approval for and the extent of any assistance is yet to be determined. Please be aware that state and/or federal assistance is dependent upon the extent of county response costs and damage to private, commercial, and public infrastructure.
State and/or federal assistance does not include coverage for costs associated with clearing debris and downed trees from private and commercial property. Property owners are encouraged to contact their insurance provider to assist with costs associated with removing downed trees and other debris from private and commercial property.
Damage Reporting Tool
The Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has established a process to allow residents, businesses, and public entities to report damage to private, commercial, or public property. Reporting damage to OES helps the county determine if the extent of damage is beyond the capabilities of local resources, assess the level of damage sustained by the community, and provide initial damage estimates (IDE) to the state and federal government. Financial or other individual assistance is not coordinated through this reporting process. When a local agency declares an emergency, there may be potential for public agencies and individuals to receive disaster assistance from California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and/or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency. More information regarding available disaster assistance can be located online at the CalOES website at https://www.caloes.ca.gov/.
If you or your business are affected by a local disaster, you can report damage to OES using the Damage Reporting Tool at https://www.crisistrack.com/public/trinityCA/request.html, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via telephone at 530-623-8223. If reporting via email or telephone, please provide your name, physical address, phone number/email address, and a description of the damage to your property.
Damage Reporting - 2023 February/March Winter Storms
2022-2023 Early Winter Storms
Trinity County has been included in the Major Disaster Declaration for DR-4683 (California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides) for Public Assistance. FEMA Public Assistance reimburses state and local governments for the cost of disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures to protect life and property, and permanent repair work to damaged or destroyed infrastructure, such as roads and utilities.
Trinity County residents experiencing telecommunications (landline phone, cell phone, internet service) outages are encouraged to contact their provider to submit a service request. Residents who experience extended telecommunications outages that are not resolved can file a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission at 1-800-649-7570 or https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/consumer-support/file-a-complaint.
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Forums for customers of telephone, mobile voice and Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold remote public forums to provide an opportunity for the public, especially public customers of various telephone, mobile voice and Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers to communicate directly with the Commission regarding their voice services.
April 18, 2023: 2-4:30 p.m. AND 6 p.m. - end
May 3, 2023: 2-4:30 p.m. AND 6 p.m. - end
WHERE: Remote access via webcast or phone for all public forums, as follows:
Live video broadcast with English or Spanish captions via webcast:www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc
Participants who choose to participate via webcast will only have audio and video capabilities but will not be able to make verbal comments. If you would like to make a comment during the meeting, the phone-in information is below.
For captions, after clicking on the name of the event, click the green button at the bottom of the video for captions. Then select captions by clicking on the white icon next to the word “live” at the bottom of the video.
The forums will also be recorded and archived for future viewing.
English: 800-857-1917, passcode: 1767567#
Spanish: 800-857-1917, passcode: 3799627#
Participants will have audio in English or Spanish and will be able to make comments. (To make a comment, after entering the passcode, when prompted press *1, unmute your phone, and record your name.)
Wait times depend on the number of speakers in the public comment queue. During times of high call volumes, wait times will be longer. The operator will call on you when it is your turn to speak.
Check roadway conditions prior to travel:
CalTrans - Caltrans QuickMap - http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
Caltrans Highway Information Network - 1-800-427-7623
Caltrans District 2 on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/caltransdistrict2redding/
Trinity County Department of Transportation on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TrinityCountyDOT
Check the weather in your area - https://www.weather.gov/
Power outages - Trinity Public Utilities District (PUD) - https://www.trinitypud.com/
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) - https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/
Telecommunication Outages - Customers who are unable to resolve problems with their utility provider can contact the California Public Utilities Commission at 1-800-649-7570 or file a complaint online at https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/consumer-support/file-a-complaint.
Emergency notifications - Sign up for CodeRED notifications - https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF42F95647FB or text “TrinityCA” to 99411. Enable Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your mobile phone - https://www.weather.gov/wrn/wea
Prepare for Emergencies - Plan Ahead for Disasters - https://www.ready.gov/
Winter Weather Preparedness - https://www.trinitycounty.org/winter-weather
U.S Small Business Admin / Dept of Agriculture Disaster Loans
Small nonfarm businesses in designated counties, including Trinity County, may be eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. How to apply: Contact SBA at 1-800-659-2955, or visit SBA’s website at: www.sba.gov/disaster, or email email@example.com. Hearing impaired individuals may call 1-800-877-8339. Farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations may be eligible to emergency farm loans for both physical and crop production losses as a direct result of the disaster, up to a maximum of $500,000. Contact local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office listed in the local telephone directory under U.S. Government, Agriculture.
February 21-28, 2022 freeze event. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.
April 11-12, 2022 freeze event. Deadline to apply is July 5, 2023.
Know Your Evacuation Zone
All residents of Trinity County are encouraged to sign up to receive CodeRED messages of their choosing: i.e. email, text and phone (landline and cell).
Sign up for CodeRED notifications at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF42F95647FB
or go to https://www.trinitycounty.org/oes/codered or text “TrinityCA” to 99411.
Residents can call 866-939-0911 to confirm or change their CodeRed registration information.
County Plans and Guidance
Trinity County Emergency Operations Plan
Trinity County Hazard Mitigation Plan
Trinity County General Plan - Safety Element
Disaster Council - Created (2.40.040)