California is prone to a litany of disasters. 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 and Discovery Museum – is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free.
Visitors 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 … continue reading »
On October 8, 2009, Cal OES published this article about how to recognize the eight signs of terrorism. It focuses on the release of a video commissioned by the state of Colorado. We’re updating the post with additional resources available in California and across the nation.
The CELL – Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on Monday unveiled a terrorism-prevention video, “Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism,” after touring the Center for Empowered Living & Learning Museum in Denver with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano. The video was produced by the museum with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Colorado Information and Analysis Center and Colorado Department of Agriculture, using a $30,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The video is narrated by former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway … continue reading »
Can you imagine finding your child floating face down in your own pool. It happened, but this story does have a happy ending and we’re using it as a reminder for all. In this week’s Quick Look we’ll show you a very powerful Public Service Announcement produced in coordination between our California OES staff and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.
Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Executive Order B-41-17 to assist response and recovery agencies involved in battling the Detwiler Fire burning in Mariposa County. The entire text of the Executive Order is available below and at the Governor’s Office webpage.
WHEREAS on July 18, 2017, I proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in Mariposa County due to the effects of the Detwiler Fire; and
WHEREAS the Detwiler Fire has rapidly burned tens of thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and
WHEREAS this fire has destroyed structures and continues to threaten homes, necessitating the continued evacuation of thousands of residents; and
WHEREAS this fire has damaged power, water, and communication infrastructure, and has forced the closure of roadways; and
WHEREAS under the July 18, 2017, State of Emergency Proclamation, pursuant to the provisions of … continue reading »
Each and every one of us can do our part to keep communities safe by keeping our eyes and ears open. Whether you’re at a sporting event, concert, or hanging out at your local fair, remain alert to your surroundings. When something just doesn’t feel right, say something. Report suspicious behavior to your local authorities.
Watch this informative video to learn about the importance of being alert and reporting suspicious behavior:
“If You See Something, Say Something™” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reminds the public to report suspicious activity to local … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Mariposa County due to the effects of the Detwiler Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, damaged power, water and communication infrastructure, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.
Link to Governor’s Proclamation’s page: https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19876
The full text of the proclamation is below:
PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS on July 16, 2017, the Detwiler Fire started in Mariposa County and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and
WHEREAS this fire has destroyed structures and continues to threaten homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents; and
WHEREAS the fire has damaged power, water, and communication infrastructure, and has forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and
WHEREAS extreme weather conditions and high temperatures have further increased the … continue reading »
Despite a slight cooling trend, high temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week around California, with triple digits expected in some areas. Typically, the Central Valley is hit the hardest. In fact, the searing heat that hovered in July 2006 was especially brutal as it was blamed for 140 deaths in the state, 45 of those in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. There was a reported spike in emergency room visits by more than 16,000 across the Central Valley during the ten-day period when temperatures were above 100.
So be sure to heed warnings from local and state officials; it could save a life, maybe yours.
Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illness
- Never leave infants, children or the frail elderly unattended in a parked car.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
- Dress in … continue reading »