Because the 14
people killed and 26 wounded in the terrorist attack were
largely employees in the county's environmental health
department, the massacre left San Bernardino County with too few
health inspectors and others needed to carry out critical work,
Brown said in his emergency proclamation.
Declaring an emergency will allow the state to send in health
inspectors as replacements until the county is able to resume
normal staffing, Brown said.
The declaration also allows the state Office of Emergency
Services to provide other assistance to the county as needed.
As part of the declaration, Brown also ordered the suspension of
all fees normally charged when residents request a death
certificate or seek to bury someone.
The Dec. 2 attack was carried out by a county restaurant
inspector, Syed Rizwan Farook, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, at
the offices of the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino,
where environment health department employees had gathered for a
meeting and holiday party.
Prior reports had listed the number of wounded as 21, but Brown
in his declaration cited 26.
(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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