Active Disasters: Immediate Response

This page, and related sub-pages, provide information related to the protection and care of historic resources during an actively occuring disaster or in the immediate hours and days following a disaster. This information is advisory only and should not be perceived as policy, nor should it supersede local, regional, or state policies and procedures put in place at the time of a disaster. During active disasters, related state or federal emergency declarations will be posted to this page for a period of thirty days.

Previous Disaster Proclamations


Active State Emergency Proclamations for California

State of Emergency Due to Fires
Declared 8/18/2020

State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 (Executive Order N-35-20)
Declared 03/21/2020


Active Federal Disaster Declarations for California

California Wildfires (DR-4569-CA)
Incident Period: September 4, 2020 and continuing
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 16, 2020

California Wildfires (DR-4558-CA)
Incident Period: August 14, 2020 and continuing
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 22, 2020 

DR-4558-CA Amendment 001
This amendment adds Monterey County to those areas identified in the major disaster declaration of August 22, 2020 (DR-4558-CA).

California COVID-19 Pandemic (DR-4482)
Incident period: January 20, 2020 and continuing
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 22, 2020


For OHP database or contact information on counties impacted by disasters:

California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS)

California Certified Local Government Coordinators


Historic Property Disaster Response

State and Federal Agency Emergency Response Advice

Local Jurisdiction Emergency Response Advice

Property Owner Emergency Response Advice