With New Year’s Day rapidly approaching, the final days of the calendar year present the ideal opportunity to reminisce about 2016. From wildfires to a national-captivating gas leak, as well as the state’s prolonged historic drought, it was another eventful year for Californians.
And Cal OES was there to document it all.
Below is a list of 10 memorable stories, grabbed directly from our blog on relevant news and public-safety reminders, from 2016:
Original date: Feb. 18, 2016
On Feb. 18, state regulators confirmed the natural gas leaking well at the Aliso Canyon storage field near Los Angeles has been permanently sealed.
Original date: Feb. 25, 2016
On Feb. 2, occasional heavy snow greeted travelers heading up Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe. While the wintry conditions caused treacherous roadways for commuters, it presented the ideal backdrop for search and rescue coordinators from various agencies throughout California participating in the Winter Search and Rescue Operations at Camp Richardson Resort.
Original date: Mar. 16, 2016
Fifth grader Trent Boothby was covered in blood and groaning in pain. His classroom at Maria Montessori Charter Academy had just been leveled by an F3 tornado, or at least that was the presented mock disaster during a Wednesday morning exercise.
Original date: May 16, 2016
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. revised the May budget to add a $10 million proposal for new funding into the Earthquake Early Warning system (EEW). The funding augmentation is to increase financial support to the state’s seismic network, which consists of researching when and where earthquakes occur in California.
Original date: May 19, 2016
When 23-year-old Cody Michael of Rocklin and his German Shepherd Bauer failed to return from a hike on Monday to Lower Loch Leven Lake, his family knew something was wrong. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office immediately began search and rescue (SAR) operations but quickly realized they needed more help.
Original date: June 10, 2016
The drive into the Sierra Nevada region of Tuolumne County is peaceful and surrounded by picturesque scenery. But trekking deeper into the woods provides a more disconcerting visual. Drought, bark beetle and other stresses have contributed to massive tree mortality with an estimated 29 million tree deaths in California.
Original date: June 17, 2016
Removing debris from more than 140,000 acres of scorched earth in rural areas was no easy task. That was the scenario following last year’s Butte Fire in Calaveras County and Valley Fire in Lake County.
Original date: June 24, 2016
Law enforcement and fire agencies from around California form mutual aid teams in response to the raging Erskine Fire in Kern County.
Original date: Aug. 19, 2016
It can easily be said that the area hardest hit by the drought is the Tulare County community of East Porterville. The severe California drought left many homes without water and relying on emergency water deliveries for the last few years. That will soon change for many in this drought-stricken community.
Original date: Oct. 7, 2016
Specially-trained personnel from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California National Guard (CNG) with emergency response and management expertise have been deployed to assist with emergency response activities in Florida and neighboring states.