U.S. Small Business Administration to open additional Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Big Sur to meet the needs of businesses and individuals who were affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017. It will be open two days only beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Ryan Arba is the branch chief for the Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami Program. In this episode, Ryan talks about the program, its federal partner NOAA and the focus of this year’s Tsunami Preparedness Week events.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Program is continuously researching, learning, and collaborating with science, industry, and academic experts to develop and confirm the latest, best available knowledge base to help make California’s residents and visitors safer in the event of tsunamic activity. By mapping potential inundation and evacuation areas, providing assistance in response and evacuation planning, implementing outreach, education and warning signage at the coast, as well as determining ways to improve preparedness and resilience of California’s ports and harbors, our staff strives to ensure everyone on the coast remains safe before, during and after the next tsunami.
Catastrophic tsunamis are rare, we may have a tendency to get complacent and think that one will never happen while we’re at the beach. However, every coastline in the world is vulnerable to a tsunami. Although a tsunami cannot be prevented, you can diminish adverse impacts through community preparedness, timely warnings and effective response.
California’s 2017 Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 27-31. On March 29, Cal OES, the California Geological Survey (CGS) and the NWS will conduct a conference call with emergency managers from counties along the coast to test several aspects of the tsunami response, including the ability of the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) to send and coast emergency organizations to receive specific tsunami alert messages.
During the conference call, representatives from the NTWC, Cal OES and CGS will also test their ability to accurately calculate and verify information contained in draft Tsunami Evacuation Playbooks that will be used by local emergency to determine if an evacuation is necessary and, if show, for how big of an area. The test also allows emergency managers from coastal communities to confirm their ability to receive playbook-related information, test their ability to make decisions regarding evacuation, and as well as to test their abilities to communicate information to port and harbor officials as well as to test their reverse notification and other warning systems reaching people in coastal hazard areas.
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On February 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.
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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.
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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.
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