Along with floods and fires, there is another type of natural disaster associated with California -- earthquakes. From Coalinga in 1983 to Loma Prieta (1989), Landers and Ferndale (1992), Northridge (1994), and more, the CCC has long been involved in earthquake cleanup and recovery efforts.
Corpsmembers helping with recovery efforts in San Francisco in 1989.
The CCC trains in emergency response and is ready to assist local and state agencies during these catastrophic events. Past efforts have included distributing food, water and other supplies to residents; cleaning up debris; dismantling hazardous chimneys and walls; and employing young people displaced by the earthquake. The CCC also assists with shelters managed by the Red Cross, and helps staff disaster assistance centers.
Just one day after the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Southern California, the CCC began recovery work. More than 170,000 hours and 315 dismantled chimneys later, the Corps completed its initial cleanup work. With the help of a subsequent federal grant, the CCC then hired nearly 200 young people from areas directly impacted by the quake.
Dismantling a chimney in Santa Clarita, after the 1994 Northridge quake.
Earthquakes are the type of disaster that happens without warning. CCC response capabilities can mobilize quickly and work with those agencies needing critical resources to help those communities impacted.