On Feb. 12, the Lake Oroville Dam emergency spillway in Butte County suffered potentially catastrophic damage as a result of erosion secondary to water flow. In response, approximately 188,000 people from counties and cities near Lake Oroville were ordered to immediate evacuate.
Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Almost every year, people living along the coastline on the east coast and along the gulf states are evacuated due to hurricanes. While here in California, most evacuations are caused by wildfires or floods.
Most disasters are the result of some force of nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Some natural disasters can be predicted, such as hurricanes and severe winter storms, while others, such as tornadoes and earthquakes, happen with little or no warning.
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This week (March 27 – 31) is Tsunami Preparedness Week in California. Whether you live along the coast, have family and friends there, or just visit on occasion, it’s important to know what the hazards are and how to keep you and your family safe. Cal OES has put together an OES News In-depth report to shed a little light on tsunami safety and to show you some of the latest “ground breaking” research that’s gone into understanding the connection between earthquakes and tsunamis.
Emily Brodsky Explains How to Take the Temperature of an Undersea Fault
Thorne Lay on Big Sur Concern
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Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Without the financial protection of flood insurance, a single event could put your family’s finances at risk.
There is a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. That means the best time to buy flood insurance is always right now.
Flood insurance is available for those who own or rent homes, condominiums and commercial properties, as long as their community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Flood insurance costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers and the property’s flood risk. Flood insurance can only be purchased from a licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Talk to your local insurance agent now.
Coverage is available for buildings and for contents. Since contents coverage … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 26 California counties and a neighboring Nevada county are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began Oct. 1, 2016, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center – West.
Primary California counties: Alameda, Amador, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Solano and Yolo; Neighboring California counties: Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Glenn, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Placer, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Sutter; Neighboring Nevada county: Douglas.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the … continue reading »
As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, today we honor achievements by Hedy Lamarr and Dr. Shirley Jackson that have helped shape the world we live in.
Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and her co-inventor George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. The principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
The theoretical physicist Dr. Shirley Jackson was the … continue reading »
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, on March 17, 2017.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Plumas, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba counties in California; and Washoe County in Nevada.
“SBA is strongly committed to providing California with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help … continue reading »
Californians changed their habits and attitudes about water conservation and use over the last three years. They succeeded in a challenge to meet a tough but attainable goal of a reduction of water usage by 20% statewide. And Mother Nature came through at the 11th hour when we were all planning on a full sixth consecutive year of drought.
The big take away from the graphic below is that, as of March, 2017, nearly 77% of the state is not in any drought category. How about that? Further analysis of the graphic shows that none of California is in the Extreme or Exceptional Drought categories. Only one percent is in the Severe drought category, eight percent in Moderate Drought, 23% is shown to be Abnormally Dry. The changing colors (or lack-thereof) are as lovely as those … continue reading »