11th Annual California Day of Preparedness

Aug 27, 2016 3:16 pm

Today, thousands of Californians are a step closer to being ready for the next disaster. With historic Old Sacramento as the setting, the California Day of Preparedness welcomed the community to learn about disaster preparedness and also have a little fun.

The event featured more than 40 state and local agencies, public safety departments, and non-profit organizations and showcased interactive activities, the opportunity to meet first responders, and live demonstrations. A 9-1-1 Heroes ceremony was held to honor local youth and dispatchers for heroic efforts during an emergency.

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The California Day of Preparedness kicks off National Preparedness Month which is every September. Cal OES urges all Californians to be prepared for a disaster because in California, it is a matter of when – not if, a disaster … continue reading »

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Reduce Your Risk with Awareness and Preparedness

Aug 25, 2016 11:00 pm
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Lately, Mother Nature has given us unfortunate reminders that the time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is now. Early into California’s fire season, wildfires have already destroyed homes and taken lives. Just this week almost two years to the date of the 2014 Napa earthquake, we saw a deadly 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Italy which has no doubt left Californians wondering if we are next.

While we cannot control what Mother Nature has in store, we can control how we prepare for it. A key to preparing for the next disaster is to be aware of what you may be at risk for. Do you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes? Is your home at risk for wildfire? Are you living in a flood zone? If you are unsure what risks you may … continue reading »

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Learn How to ‘Survive the Wild West’ at California Day of Preparedness

Aug 24, 2016 2:36 pm
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This year’s destructive wildfires, the constant threat of a major earthquake and a lingering historic drought in California emphasizes the importance of emergency preparedness. Although Californians are seemingly accustomed to natural disasters and extreme events, it is critical that individuals, families and communities stay prepared and informed on how to react for the next disaster.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is doing its part to ensure that the public is educated by hosting the 11th annual California Day of Preparedness on Saturday in Old Sacramento.

The free family-friendly event (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) will be staged on what is referred to as the “1849 Scene” near the Railroad Museum and Discovery Museum. For the past couple of years, Cal OES has chosen Old Sacramento State Historic Park as the location for the annual kick-off … continue reading »

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In Our 5th Year of Drought #RespectTheResource

Aug 23, 2016 6:14 pm
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California is well into its 5th year of drought and the effects are being felt in many ways. Wells are going dry, wildfires are burning more erratically, and trees are dying by the millions. The US Geological Survey says:

The time period of June 2015-May 2016 has been the 3rd warmest on record for California. California saw 2015 as the warmest year on record.
On January 17, 2014 California State Governor, Jerry Brown, declared a drought state of emergency.
On May 9, 2016, California State Governor, Jerry Brown issued an order to continue water savings as drought persists.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the El Niño event of 2015-16 has dissipated and has opened the door to its opposite: a La Niña.

The drought messages continue: conserve, reduce, reuse and find innovative ways to save. Cal OES enlisted pro skateboarding … continue reading »

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Blue Cut Fire’s Impact on Farm Animals and Infrastructure

Aug 23, 2016 10:21 am
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The Blue Cut Fire is giving emergency managers and responders a run for their money. The fire’s path forced the closure of highways, killed power, and put a halt to rail lines that drive California’s economy, and then some. This story shows the challenges emergency crews face, including getting the trains back on track and housing hundreds of animals evacuated with their owners.

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Manage a Disaster Without a Playbook

Aug 23, 2016 9:09 am
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In this episode we sit down with Andrew Lockman, Tulare County Emergency Manager. Lockman has been on the front line in the drought battle, with California now enduring its 5th year. Tulare County, specifically the town of East Porterville, is considered the epicenter of this natural disaster; it’s where several thousand people have been without drinking water in their homes because their wells went dry.

Emergency officials from the county and state, as well as non-governmental and volunteer organizations and individuals, have all been working to bring relief and solutions as quickly as possible. But it wasn’t until things got to this point that it was recognized as a disaster; it slowly sneaked up on everyone. And droughts weren’t in disaster plans so emergency managers had to wing it; they had no playbook to which they could refer. Lockman tells about the incredible challenges he and others faced to help the residents now, and the lessons learned and changes being made for future droughts.

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act


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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Cedar Fire in Kern, Tulare Counties

Aug 22, 2016 2:14 pm

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Cedar Fire burning in Kern and Tulare Counties. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 19,200 acres, threatening structures near the areas off State Highway 155 towards Wofford Heights, Kernville and Alta Sierra. Cal OES is working with Cal FIRE, Kern County Fire Department and the US Forest Service to mobilize multiple fire strike teams and firefighters including fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire retardant drops from aircraft as well as shelter operations staff and emergency communications capability.

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with other … continue reading »

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