New Weather Tool Identifies Heat Risks

May 26, 2017 12:03 pm

Our friends at the National Weather Service (NWS) have developed a tool to help you understand what forecasted heat means to you. It is called the experimental HeatRisk. The tool provides a color and numeric value that places forecast heat for a specific location into an appropriate level of heat concern, along with identifying groups potentially most at risk at that level.

HeatRisk is a useful tool for planning and preparing for upcoming heat events. It shows potential risks associated with excessive heat and gives recommendations for heat protection.

Heat commonly affects certain groups, typically identified as heat sensitive or heat vulnerable, at lower thresholds than other populations. Some of these groups include:

OES News Inside Look: Keeping Cool with These Hot Tips

May 25, 2017 5:43 pm

Heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods combined. This week on Inside Look, the Cal OES team tells you what you need to know when the mercury starts rising.





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Cal OES: Beat the Heat Resources

Cal OES: Contingency Plan For Excessive Heat Emergencies

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Peligros Del Calor Extremo

May 25, 2017 5:32 pm

El verano no ha llegado oficialmente, pero ya hemos tenido diás de mucha calor. Durante estos días, es mas probable que nos encontramos afuera en el sol y calor disfrutando o tal vez trabajando. Aunque el calor trae algunas oportunidades para actividades divertidas, también trae peligros.

El calor extremo puede causar enfermedades y hasta la muerte – por eso es muy importante tomar medidas para prevenir daños causados por el calor. Algunas medidas que puede tomar durante calor extremo es tomar agua y descansar en la sombra o lugar con aire acondicionado. Ademas, aprende a reconocer los síntomas de la insolación y agotamiento debido al calor y que hacer si tienes síntomas o alguien a su alrededor.


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Large Stadium Protection Relies On See Something, Say Something Awareness

May 24, 2017 2:26 pm

Protecting the perimeters of public venues, including those hosting mass gatherings such as concerts and sporting events around the world, is yet another security-measure priority to thwart terror attacks, and even more so now in the aftermath of a suicide bombing after a concert in England on May 22.

The terror attack, which killed 22 people and injured at least 120, forced the British government to elevate the terror threat level from “severe” to “critical” to suggest the potential for another attack had increased. It marked the first time in 10 years that the threat level was raised to critical.

A bomb exploded in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena as fans exited just after the concert had ended. The blast became the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings, which killed … continue reading »

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What We’ve Learned from Our First Year of Podcasting Can Benefit You

May 23, 2017 5:29 pm
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In this episode of the All Hazards podcast Cal OES Deputy Director Kelly Huston takes over the mic and interviews host Shawn Boyd. At almost 30 episodes Mr. Huston thought this would be a good time to grill Mr. Boyd about what this foray into the podcasting world has taught us. The Cal OES Office of Public Information employs what’s called “multi-modal communications” to get our messaging out to stakeholders and the public. So launching our own podcast seemed to be a logical avenue but one that would also be a test of the platform for our needs.

Kelly Huston Engineers Mark Ghilarducci Radio Interview

So treat this episode, #29, as a learning tool for you if you’re considering producing a podcast in your own communications office. Depending on what you hear you may want to dive right in, or swim for your life. Either way we hope it’s helpful.

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Shawn Boyd joined state service and Cal OES in May, 2014 and is a veteran TV news journalist, spending 20 years in local news as an Edward R. Murrow winning anchor/reporter, and executive producer. He’s a graduate of Cal State University Sacramento in media communications.


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Tom Selleck Has an Important Message for You and it Could Save Your Home

May 23, 2017 8:00 am

Actor Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods, Magnum PI, Jesse Stone, 3 Men & a Baby) agreed to host a series of PSA’s shot by Cal OES for the California Department of Forestry in 1994. Tom was so thankful to fire crews for helping save his home during a wildfire that he repaid his gratitude with the campaign “Fire Safe”. Here are a couple of spots we dug up from the Cal OES archives. Enjoy!

We have more information on defensible space at the links below.


Cal OES INSIDE LOOK: Protect Your Home From Wildfire

Cal OES My Hazards

CALFIRE: Why 100′?

Defensible Space Flier

Defensible Space Brochure

Homeowners Defensible Space Checklist


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Meet California’s Baaaaa-dest Fire Prevention Strike Team

May 22, 2017 5:28 pm

As a group of about 600 moved through the outskirts of a Yolo County neighborhood, several neighbors stopped to watch.  The group was there to work.  Their work is eating grass and weeds that could become fuel for fires this Summer.

“We’re at about 1,200 head of goats, total,” said Tim Arrowsmith, who owns Blue Tent Farms out of Red Bluff.

Arrowsmith brings his herds of goats wherever needed.  The goats can easily eat down vegetation and weeds in areas that would be hard for city and fire workers to get to.

“If you look at the terrain, you can see that it’s fairly steep and difficult to maneuver.   Bringing in staff with weed eaters would take a lot more time.  It’d be more costly,” said Bryan Jonson, Fire Marshal for the City of West Sacramento.

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