Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness

Apr 27, 2017 4:17 pm

With California’s heat season quickly approaching, Cal/OSHA today hosted a news conference to remind employers that prevention is the best defense for outdoor workers against heat-related illness and death.

A key component of Cal/OSHA’s prevention model includes annual trainings statewide in both English and Spanish.  Nisei Farmers League and 11 other agricultural employers co-sponsored training sessions in each language today in Easton. The training highlights the need to protect outdoor workers from heat illness and the requirements under California’s heat illness standard.

“Cal/OSHA continues to enforce the nation’s most comprehensive heat illness prevention regulation, and we will continue our outreach, consultation and training for workers and employers to ensure that workers are protected from the heat,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.

The risk of heat illness is generally highest for people who work outdoors. Therefore, Cal/OSHA’s prevention approach includes … continue reading »

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Riverside County Hosts Preparedness Summit

Apr 27, 2017 2:33 pm

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

The events of 9/11 and the recent United Airlines incident were two examples discussed as part of a crisis communications discussion by emergency responders from across Southern California Wednesday.  The summit workshop, called “Reach Beyond Recovery”, was hosted by the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department.

“When people are stressed or concerned, they want to know that you care before they care what you know,” said Kelly Huston, Deputy Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Huston’s High-impact Crisis Communications message was just one of several topics covered, including cyber security strategies, disaster recovery funding and healthcare delivery.


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County Of Riverside Emergency Management Department

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Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Apr 27, 2017 2:26 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Lona “Grace” Koch, 52, of Elk Grove, has been appointed chief deputy director at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where she has been special advisor and deputy director for finance and administration since 2014 and served in several positions from 1989 to 2008, including deputy director for preparedness and training, external affairs and response and recovery, program manager, associate information system analyst, emergency service coordinator and analyst. Koch was chief of the California Department of General Services, Office of Strategic Planning, Policy and Research from 2008 to 2013. She was a technician and analyst at Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant from 1986 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $160,008. Koch is a Republican.

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Groomed for Service

Apr 26, 2017 4:02 pm

If you’ve ever had a pet, you know how happy they can make us. A lick on the face or cuddling up on your lap is enough to put a smile on your face. However, scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthier.

This could explain the use of animals, primarily dogs and cats, in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Animals can also act as therapists themselves or facilitate therapy even when they’re not dogs or cats. Horses have also become popular therapists for people with disabilities.

There are many stories about how animals have helped individuals with depression, as well as improving overall health. It is mostly evident with dogs.

In fact, dogs have been proven so effective at helping combat anxiety, stress, and depression, that there are several organizations dedicated to training … continue reading »

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Worlds Apart, California and Chile Share Disasters and Experience

Apr 25, 2017 10:48 am

California and Chile’s partnership continues to grow stronger following a recent visit to the Golden State by officials from the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security of Chile (ONEMI). With shared geography, natural disaster risks and a desire to learn from each other, California and Chile have partnered to share best practices, expertise, training, and information exchange designed to strengthen emergency management systems.

More information:

Cal OES Newsroom: International Partnership in Emergency Management Between California and Chile Gets Stronger

ONEMI Chile on Twitter

About the California-Chile Council

Video: April 20, 2017 Chile-California Council Emergency Management Panel with Aaron Cavieres, La Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) Director; Ricardo Toro, Director CONAF; Mark Ghilarducci, Director Cal OES and Ken Pimlott, Director CAL … continue reading »

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9-1-1 for Kids Mentors Youth on Importance of Emergency Notification

Apr 24, 2017 2:19 pm

Tim Brown stood quietly near the back of the California Highway Patrol gymnasium, his fist clinched and resting comfortably under his chin. He watched, almost embarrassingly, as video highlights of his college football years at Notre Dame and then later as an All-Pro wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders roared through the gym speakers.

Brown, the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Famer, told participants at the 19th annual 9-1-1 for Kids/CHP Tm Brown Mentor Mini Camp that this “is my favorite week of the whole year.” As the International Chairman of 9-1-1 for Kids, Brown has assisted more than 5 million children and teens through mentoring and educational programs, including his mentor mini camp and heroes awards ceremony.

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HQ Then and Now, Holy Cow!

Apr 19, 2017 4:20 pm

If you ever become complacent with your work environment, or a little miffed that some of the changes you’d hoped to see haven’t happened yet, then this story is for you.  If you’ve ever traveled to other government buildings, state or otherwise, then you know how bad those facilities can be (one particular office in Auburn stands out in my mind!) One more “if”: if you happened to have worked in the old Cal OES headquarters, like Deputy Director Grace Koch, then you know how wonderful this modern, open and sunlit building is.

Cal OES headquarters has come a long, long way. Just watch this short video and see for yourself, and keep this one in mind while you watch. And consider embracing Grace’s philosophy about her time spent in the old HQ.  Enjoy the trip … continue reading »

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San Francisco Remembers 1906 Earthquake

Apr 18, 2017 2:40 pm

At 5:12 a.m. this morning, sirens echoed throughout the streets of San Francisco to mark the anniversary of the deadliest disaster in California history. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake, dubbed the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake, crumpled infrastructures and caused massive fires in the Bay Area.

Shaking could be felt from the North Coast in Eureka to the Salinas Valley and to the south of San Francisco. The main shock lasted approximately 42 seconds, with a preceding strong foreshock shaking about 20-25 seconds.

Nearly 3,000 deaths at minimum were estimated as a result of the earthquake, though that total is still unconfirmed today. The earthquake itself was crippling, but subsequent fires accounted for more than 90 percent of the damage.

The majority of those deaths occurred in San Francisco, although neighboring cities such as Santa Rosa and San Jose … continue reading »

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Taxpayers Beware: The Scammers Are Out!

Apr 17, 2017 4:34 pm

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Mr Franklin was very perceptive to recognize these certainties. However, if he were alive today he might want to add “scammers” to his list.

According to the IRS, there has been a surge in impersonators looking to steal taxpayers’ money or even identity in recent years. Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

Learn to protect yourself by identifying scammer tactics:

Make The Right Call: If You See Something, Say Something

Apr 14, 2017 3:05 pm

Baseball season is here and that means time at the ballpark for fans to root for their favorite team. Having fun in the stands watching players round the bases is the name of the game, but amidst the fun we must not overlook our responsibility to remain alert. If you notice suspicious behavior or activities, do not hesitate to report it to local authorities. Learn about the resources See Something, Say Something™ has available to help raise awareness and the role you can play to help keep your community safe.

Should you need to report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency and describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it’s suspicious.

If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.

En español: Si ve algo, diga … continue reading »

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