Cal OES Seeks Request For Proposals for Electronic Suspected Child Abuse Report System (ES)


Aug 17, 2017 9:48 am

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services and Public Safety Branch, is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Electronic Suspected Child Abuse Report System (ES) Program. The purpose of the ES Program is to establish a county database which allows for the sharing of electronic suspected child abuse reports among district attorney’s offices, local law enforcement, and county child welfare departments.

Eligible Applicants are district attorney’s offices; rural/suburban projects will be funded up to $250,000 and urban projects will be funded up to $350,000 with Children’s Justice Act funding. The ES Program will have a 39-month grant cycle, comprising of one 15-month performance period, and two 12-month performance periods. The first performance period will begin October 1, 2017, and end on December 31, 2018. A … continue reading »


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Solar Eclipse 2017: What You Need To Know


Aug 16, 2017 2:14 pm

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will pass over all 50 United States for the first time since 1979. In California, the moon will cover from 60% – 90% of the sun, depending on where you view the eclipse.

In this week’s Quick Look, we show you the best and safest way to view the eclipse, and also let you know when the peak time will take place here in California.

You can view our Solar Eclipse story on our YouTube page here.

You can also find out more information about the eclipse on NASA’s official eclipse page here.


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Identify Tree Mortality By Colorful Forests


Aug 16, 2017 12:21 pm

California’s ongoing battle with bark beetle infestations and tree mortality has taken a colorful turn. Caltrans is marking all dead and dying trees with orange paint to correctly and efficiently identify hazardous trees that could impact the safety of travelers along the state highway.

To prevent dead and dying trees from falling toward the roadway and blocking traffic or causing injury and damage, Caltrans will paint identified trees and then quickly begin the next phase of cutting and removing.

Marked trees along highways may be on federal, state, county or private property, thus written permission must be provided by property owners before Caltrans can proceed. There is no cost to the property owner.

However, if a property owner does not respond to the “Permission to Enter” form, or denies permission, the hazardous trees will not be removed and … continue reading »


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Modoc July Complex Dominated by Pyro Plumes and Fire Weather


Aug 15, 2017 3:29 pm

Lightning activity caused 104 wildfires on the Modoc National Forest beginning July 23, 2017.  Two days later the Modoc July Complex Fire had a name and the attention of firefighters up and down the state of California and across the nation.

Covering over 83,000 acres, the Modoc July Complex Fire proved challenging in many ways for fire crews.  Rough terrain and unusual weather patterns kept the over 2,300 firefighters on high alert trying to suppress and contain the fire.  The one overarching factor was the weather: weather created by the fire itself including something called Pyrocumulous.

If you’d like to learn more about the Modoc July Complex fire:

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Want to learn more about the pyrocumulus formation:

Time-lapse of Pyrocumulus Formation

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Building A Fire Camp Overnight: “People Are amazed At How Fast We Can Mobilize”


Aug 14, 2017 3:45 pm

Despite being one of the largest counties in California, Modoc County has less than 9,000 residents.  Hotels are few and far between in this rural county, so when over 2,000 fire personnel were assigned to battle the Modoc July Complex Fire, housing and logistics were an immediate challenge.

Almost overnight, the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, along with officials from the US Forest Service, Cal Fire, Cal OES and other cooperators came together to build an incident command post which eventually became home to the thousands of men and women assigned to the fire.

“This (camp) will go up from the time on scene to within 24 hours or less and you’ll have a fully functioning camp,” said Patrick Titus, Operations Section Chief.  “You’ve got to go for life support first,” Titus continued.  “What I mean … continue reading »


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An Inside Look At the Modoc July Complex Fire


Aug 11, 2017 3:07 pm

Lightning activity caused 104 wildfires on the Modoc National Forest beginning July 23, 2017.  Two days later the Modoc July Complex Fire had a name and the attention of firefighters up and down the state of California and across the nation.  

Covering over 83,000 acres, the Modoc July Complex Fire proved challenging in many ways for fire crews.  Rough terrain and unusual weather patterns kept the over 2,300 firefighters on high alert trying to suppress and contain the fire.  

Cal OES spent a week chronicling the efforts both on the fire lines and inside the Command Incident Post to bring you an Inside Look at the Modoc July Complex Fire.   

You can view our video on OESNews.com or on our Cal OES YouTube channel or … continue reading »


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Get Prepared, Enjoy Family Fun at Prep Day


Aug 9, 2017 11:02 am

Are you prepared for the next disaster? In 2017 alone, Californians have already endured a historic drought, flooding, more than 3,000 wildfires and numerous earthquakes, among other emergencies.

When it comes to disasters, California truly is the Wild West.

One month from today, historic Old Sacramento will transform into the 12th annual California Day of Preparedness, otherwise referred to as “Surviving the Wild West”. The one-day, family-friendly event – located on the 1849 Scene near the Railroad Museum – is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free.

Attendees will learn about emergency preparedness as well as experience a variety of disaster readiness demonstrations including a mobile earthquake simulator, watch water rescues, and witness the skills of search and rescue dogs in … continue reading »


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