SBA Tops $10 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans


Jun 23, 2017 3:13 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Regional Administrator Michael Vallante of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that SBA has approved more than $10 million in federal disaster loans for California businesses and residents impacted by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017. According to Vallante, SBA has approved $4,738,800 for businesses and $5,283,300 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

“Although the deadline to apply for property damage loans has expired, small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may continue to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business or nonprofit organization suffered any property damage,” Vallante said.

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Inaugural Meeting for Earthquake Early Warning


Jun 22, 2017 7:39 pm

Today was the first meeting of the California Earthquake Early Warning Advisory Board at the State Capitol. The board consists of leaders from the state agencies, academia, private and public industry, as well as other subject matter experts. Watch the Cal OES Quick Look video below for more on how the inaugural meeting went.

The board was formed after the Governor approved $10 million last year to increase financial support to the state’s seismic network, which consists of researching when and where earthquakes occur in California.  This governance structure serves as a venue for public input on development of the system, as well as oversees implementation of California’s Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) program and provides insight.

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Save Your Pet’s Life with These Simple Summer Tips


Jun 20, 2017 8:10 am

The five top things to monitor about your pets during the summer. Brought to you by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Sacramento SPCA.  Cal OES published this story five years ago but the information is still as valuable as ever.

 

 

 

Links

Sacramento SPCA

AVMA: Pets in Vehicles

PetMD: 7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

 

Hot Weather Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

California ISO Issues Statewide Flex Alert Due to Heat Wave


Jun 19, 2017 4:38 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 19, 2017

Contact: Media hotline at (888) 516-NEWS | ISOMedia@caiso.com

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 21. Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. and after 9 p.m. , and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher. During times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases. The forecast peak usage for Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to exceed 47,000 megawatts each day in California ISO’s … continue reading »


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CDPH, Cal OES Warn of the Dangers of Excessive Heat


Jun 16, 2017 10:10 am

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) are reminding everyone to stay cool and hydrated as temperatures across the state continue to climb.

For the next several days, temperatures are expected to be 10–15 degrees above normal with many places topping 100 degrees.

“It’s going to be a hot week, and we would like everyone to protect themselves from the dangers of excessive heat,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “It is important that everyone stay cool, stay hydrated, stay inside and take other precautions to prevent heat-related illness.”

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Beware of Dangerous Rip Currents!


Jun 16, 2017 8:14 am

Rip currents are strong and often very localized currents can carry unsuspecting swimmers out to sea. The currents usually move at 1 to 2 feet per second, but stronger ones can pull at 8 feet per second.

Learn how to spot a rip current. Look for:

  • A channel of choppy water.

 

  • An area with a different color than the rest of the water, often gray or brownish in color.

 

  • A line of foam, seaweed or debris that’s moving out to sea.

 

  • A break in the incoming waves.

 

Always try to avoid rip currents by following these safety precautions: 

 

  • Swim at a lifeguard-protected beach.

 

  • Talk to the lifeguard on duty about ocean conditions for the day.

 

  • Learn how to float before you venture ankle-deep into the ocean.

 

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Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers with Outdoor Workers to Protect Them from Heat Illness as Temperatures Rise Around California


Jun 15, 2017 5:17 pm

Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness, especially those not accustomed to working in high heat conditions. Employers need to ensure workers are drinking plenty of water and taking breaks in the shade as temperatures rise across many regions of California. The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually high temperatures throughout the state, which will remain high for the rest of this week and into next week.

“California rules are very clear on how employers must protect their workers from heat illness,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Our goal is to prevent deaths and serious illnesses and injuries caused by exposure to heat.”

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