The Division of Environmental Health Services responds to emergencies and disasters in conjunction with the Department of Public Health and the County of San Bernardino. We encourage you to be prepared for an emergency before it happens. The Ready.gov website has helpful information on how your family can be ready before a disaster strikes. On this page we have included some helpful fact sheets on how to keep your food and water safe during an emergency. More resources are available from FoodSafety.gov, the FDA, and the USDA.
Drought State of Emergency
With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G.
Brown Jr. proclaimed a State of Emergency on January 17, 2014 and directed state officials to take all
necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. DEHS is compiling a resource list for both
water system operators and the public to help save water and respond appropriately.
Bottled, Vended and Hauled Water
California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Drought Information
California Drought Assistance Brochure 2015
Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency
Groundwater Quality Funding
HCD Drought Resources
Public Drinking Water System Frequently Asked Questions
State Water Board Adopts 25% Mandatory Water Conservation Regulation
U.S Drought Portal
Notice of Funding Availability – Household & Small Water System Drought Assistance Program (HSWSDA)
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) authorized $5 million to assist individual households and small water
systems to address drought‐related drinking water emergencies. Funds are administered by three non‐profit organizations. Funding is
available as low‐interest loans and/or grants based on recipients income and affordability.
Click here for details
New Federal Disaster Loan Programs for Small Businesses in California
Eligible farmers, ranchers and small, farm-related businesses may apply for disaster loans from various
federal agencies. These loans offset economic losses that resulted from reduced revenues caused by the
drought that started on January 1, 2014. For more information on loans available, visit the links below.
USDA Emergency Farm Loan Programs
For farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations.
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
For small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations
of any size. Small businesses include those that do business directly with growers, such as truckers and
suppliers of agricultural equipment or services.
Food and Water Safety During an Emergency
In the state of California, regional air districts are responsible for monitoring air quality. The South Coast Air Quality Management District covers the western portion of San Bernardino County. The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District covers the northern portion of our county. Please visit their websites for up-to-date information, smoke advisories, and unhealthy air quality advisories.