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 23 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′?

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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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Summer Vacation Means Road Trip!

May 19, 2017 3:56 pm

School will soon be out and Californians will hit the highways for that long awaited summer vacation. With the increasing temperatures and the increase of cars you can expect hot congested roads. Whether headed to the beach for some sun or to a favorite campground in the mountains,  taking time to prepare for your trip can save you from a ruined vacation.

Here are a few tips you can take to help make your trip less stressful and arrive at your destination without incident.

  • Have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic before making long-distance trips.
  • Plan your trip in advance. Whether you’re using a GPS system or a traditional map, review your travel route and be prepared for busy roads.
  • Let friends and family know your travel route and your anticipated arrival time.
  • Have emergency contact information easily accessible, such … continue reading »

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Cal OES INSIDE LOOK: Protect Your Home From Wildfire

May 19, 2017 2:13 pm

You’ve heard the term “defensible space,” but what does that really mean? We’ll cut through the weeds and show you how we do it. California’s firefighting mutual aid system moves faster than you think. And, goats could save your life – we’ll explain how.


Cal OES My Hazards

CALFIRE: Why 100′?

Defensible Space Flier

Defensible Space Brochure

Homeowners Defensible Space Checklist


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Mono County, Tule River Tribe added to California Major Disaster Declaration for February Storms

May 19, 2017 11:00 am

One California county and a federally recognized Tribe impacted by severe winter storms in February 2017, which were not part of the original Disaster Declaration, can now apply for federal disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

At the request of the State, FEMA amended the Major Disaster Declaration signed by President Trump on April 1 to include Mono County and the Tule River Tribe in Tulare County. The Amendment was approved May 18. Mono County and the Tule River Tribe were excluded from the original disaster declaration because damages suffered from the storms were still being calculated.

State agencies, local and Tribal governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, located in Mono County, which sustained damage during severe winter storms from Feb. 1 to Feb. 23, 2017, have 30 days to … continue reading »

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