San Bernardino County signed a declaration of local emergency on July 6 to assist the San Bernardino County communities affected by two days of earthquakes.
County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman praised the efforts of first responders and other personnel in assisting the public after the July 4 and 5 earthquake swarm, which included quakes measuring 6.4 and 7.1 in the areas of Trona in San Bernardino County and Ridgecrest in Kern County.
“We appreciate the outreach and support from the governor’s office and White House. FEMA has also provided resources to affected areas,” said Hagman.
Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County following the 7.1 quake, which was the strongest quake to hit Southern California in 20 years.
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 and Safety, County Purchasing and the County Administrative Office ensured that our residents received our full support following this earthquake,” said Hagman. “We appreciate the efforts from everyone working on this incident and are doing all we can to assist those affected."
There were numerous injuries and damaged residences reported in Trona, but no fatalities. 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.