Tim Brown stood quietly near the back of the California Highway Patrol gymnasium, his fist clinched and resting comfortably under his chin. He watched, almost embarrassingly, as video highlights of his college football years at Notre Dame and then later as an All-Pro wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders roared through the gym speakers.
Brown, the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Famer, told participants at the 19th annual 9-1-1 for Kids/CHP Tm Brown Mentor Mini Camp that this “is my favorite week of the whole year.” As the International Chairman of 9-1-1 for Kids, Brown has assisted more than 5 million children and teens through mentoring and educational programs, including his mentor mini camp and heroes awards ceremony.
If you ever become complacent with your work environment, or a little miffed that some of the changes you’d hoped to see haven’t happened yet, then this story is for you. If you’ve ever traveled to other government buildings, state or otherwise, then you know how bad those facilities can be (one particular office in Auburn stands out in my mind!) One more “if”: if you happened to have worked in the old Cal OES headquarters, like Deputy Director Grace Koch, then you know how wonderful this modern, open and sunlit building is.
Cal OES headquarters has come a long, long way. Just watch this short video and see for yourself, and keep this one in mind while you watch. And consider embracing Grace’s philosophy about her time spent in the old HQ. Enjoy the trip … continue reading »
At 5:12 a.m. this morning, sirens echoed throughout the streets of San Francisco to mark the anniversary of the deadliest disaster in California history. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake, dubbed the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake, crumpled infrastructures and caused massive fires in the Bay Area.
Shaking could be felt from the North Coast in Eureka to the Salinas Valley and to the south of San Francisco. The main shock lasted approximately 42 seconds, with a preceding strong foreshock shaking about 20-25 seconds.
Nearly 3,000 deaths at minimum were estimated as a result of the earthquake, though that total is still unconfirmed today. The earthquake itself was crippling, but subsequent fires accounted for more than 90 percent of the damage.
The majority of those deaths occurred in San Francisco, although neighboring cities such as Santa Rosa and San Jose … continue reading »
In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Mr Franklin was very perceptive to recognize these certainties. However, if he were alive today he might want to add “scammers” to his list.
According to the IRS, there has been a surge in impersonators looking to steal taxpayers’ money or even identity in recent years. Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.
Learn to protect yourself by identifying scammer tactics:
Baseball season is here and that means time at the ballpark for fans to root for their favorite team. Having fun in the stands watching players round the bases is the name of the game, but amidst the fun we must not overlook our responsibility to remain alert. If you notice suspicious behavior or activities, do not hesitate to report it to local authorities. Learn about the resources See Something, Say Something™ has available to help raise awareness and the role you can play to help keep your community safe.
Should you need to report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency and describe specifically what you observed, including:
After six-plus years of historic drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown rescinded the state of emergency order, excluding four counties, in the wake of one of the wettest winters in state history. Only Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties remain in a drought emergency.
The drought is effectively over, though one of the fallouts from sustained dry conditions are recognizable in various counties throughout California. Tree mortality, resulting from unprecedented drought and subsequent bark beetle infestations, has stripped California forests of more than 100 million trees.
The mortality data is based on the U.S. Forest Service Aerial Detection Survey flown across all forested lands of the state each year. The Forest Service has already treated 30,000 acres of dead trees, with more to come.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the San Pablo Avenue Fire that occurred March 27, 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 April 10.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties.
“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 finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and … continue reading »
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so highlighting the dangers of texting while driving seems appropriate. Every year, over half a million people are injured or killed in traffic-related deaths due to texting while driving alone.
However, there are other distractions besides texting that can compete for our attention while driving. You should not let anything divert your attention from fully focusing on driving.
Here are some ways to maintain your focus and arrive at your destination safely:
Turn your phone off. You can also put your phone on Do Not Disturb or Airplane mode.
Put your phone out of reach. Store your phone in the glove box or trunk. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind.”
Go shopping at the app store. There are plenty of apps that can block you from texting and can send an auto … continue reading »
This is Episode 27 and today’s is Earthquake Early Warning Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness and Prevention, Tina Curry talks about Earthquake Early Warning. As the Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness and Prevention, Tina Curry oversees the Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami program.
The Cal OES Planning and Preparedness Branch develops and maintains state-level emergency plans and guidance that engage the whole community by using an all-hazards planning process that represents the actual stakeholders from the community, both local and state government leaders, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.
This branch also includes the Earthquake Early Warning Division and Tina explains in this episode the benefits EEW will bring to the state. She also describes where we are in the process of having a functional system, how much it will cost, and how warnings will be delivered to the public.
On Friday, April 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown issued an executive order ending the drought emergency in all but a few California counties. This came about 27 months after he declared a state of drought emergency for California on January 17, 2014. At that point, the state was headed into its fourth straight year of drought. Private wells were drying up, trees were dying, as was ground water. It was going to take the combined efforts of all Californians to change the way we behaved to save our water, and make sure we had enough for tomorrow. It was also going to take an unprecedented level of cooperation and leadership from local, state, federal, private and non-governmental agencies to respond effectively to the mounting problems resulting from the drought, and change the direction California … continue reading »