FAIRFIELD — Earthquake damage in Vallejo prompted the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to declare a state of emergency.
By doing so, the board ratified County Administrator Birgitta Corsello’s decision Sunday to declare a state of emergency. It allows the county to pursue state and perhaps federal reimbursement for its response to the earthquake.
The 6.0 earthquake hit at 3:20 a.m. Sunday 5 miles southwest of Napa and 8 miles northwest of Vallejo, damaging dozens of buildings in both cities.
A threshold of $52 million in damages must be met for Gov. Jerry Brown to ask President Barack Obama for a federal emergency declaration, state Emergency Services Assistant Director of Recovery Charles Rabamad told supervisors. Such a declaration would allow federal dollars to help with the recovery effort.
Supervisors praised a county disaster response that ranged from inspecting buildings, roads and levees to helping Vallejo with public safety services. The county Office of Emergency Services activated the county Emergency Operations Center at 6 a.m. Sunday to coordinate the activities.
“One thing that comes out of this, the public really should have confidence in our ability to respond,” Supervisor Jim Spering said.
Supervisor John Vasquez said the county’s response to the emergency didn’t come about by accident, but resulted from hard work.
Solano County dealt with damage that temporarily closed the county Health and Social Services buildings at 355 and 365 Tuolumne St. in Vallejo. The yellow-tagged buildings had broken ceiling tiles and mechanical systems problems. The county relocated 277 Health and Social Services employees to keep providing services.
By Tuesday, first-floor services including the health clinic had reopened on Tuolumne Street.
Supervisor Erin Hannigan represent the 1st District, which includes most of Vallejo.
“I’m just thankful we’re here to tell a great story about the response and getting people back into their homes and back to work as quickly as possible,” Hannigan said.
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