Author: Brad Alexander

PREVENTABLE DISASTERS: ‘Deadly Silence’ A Drowning Awareness Campaign


Jul 20, 2017 9:11 pm

Can you imagine finding your child floating face down in your own pool. It happened, but this story does have a happy ending and we’re using it as a reminder for all. In this week’s Quick Look we’ll show you a very powerful Public Service Announcement produced in coordination between our California OES staff and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.


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Governor Brown Signs Executive Order to Assist Response, Recovery Agencies Battling Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County


Jul 20, 2017 5:41 pm

Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Executive Order B-41-17 to assist response and recovery agencies involved in battling the Detwiler Fire burning in Mariposa County. The entire text of the Executive Order is available below and at the Governor’s Office webpage.

 

WHEREAS on July 18, 2017, I proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in Mariposa County due to the effects of the Detwiler Fire; and

WHEREAS the Detwiler Fire has rapidly burned tens of thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and

WHEREAS this fire has destroyed structures and continues to threaten homes, necessitating the continued evacuation of thousands of residents; and

WHEREAS this fire has damaged power, water, and communication infrastructure, and has forced the closure of roadways; and

WHEREAS under the July 18, 2017, State of Emergency Proclamation, pursuant to the provisions of … continue reading »


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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Detwiller Fire in Mariposa County


Jul 17, 2017 8:56 pm
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Mark Ghilarducci, Director Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) 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 Detwiller Fire burning in Mariposa County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 11,000 acres, threatening structures near the areas of Hornitos, Bear Valley and Bagby. Cal OES is working with CAL FIRE and Mariposa County to mobilize multiple fire strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire … continue reading »


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California’s Fire Mutual Aid System Mobilizing Hundreds of Resources to Wildfires Throughout the State


Jul 15, 2017 12:30 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 15, 2017) — California’s firefighting mutual aid system continues working at full speed this weekend sending firefighters and resources from across the state to join the battle at 12 major wildfires threatening dozens of communities at both ends of the state.  As of Saturday, there were more than 400 engines, four dozen aircraft and over 7,000 personnel working on wildfires that have already burned as much as 159,000 acres statewide.

“Our tried-and-true mutual aid system is working just as designed. We’re strategically deploying a lot of resources to these wildfires regardless of where they’re burning,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Our number one priority is to protect lives and property using the most effective combination of local, state and federal resources through a unified effort,” said … continue reading »


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Cal OES Seeks Requests for Proposals for $4.6M in Specialized Emergency Housing Program Grant Funds


Jul 12, 2017 3:00 pm

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Specialized Emergency Housing (KE) Program. About $4.6 million in grant funds is available for proposals that will expand emergency shelter and emergency housing assistance resources in California and provide services for victims of crime. 

Projects must identify an unmet emergency shelter or emergency housing need in their community and propose an innovative solution. Priority will be given to applicants/proposals that serve the victims of crime who are homeless youth, elderly, disabled, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning.

These KE Program funds are available for fiscal year 2017-18. Applicants may request up to $575,000 for a 24-month sub-award performance period that commences October 1, 2017, and ends September 30, 2019. Proposals are due Monday, August 14, 2017. The KE … continue reading »


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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Wall Fire in Butte County


Jul 9, 2017 6:01 pm
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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 Wall Fire burning in Butte County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 5,000 acres, threatening structures near the areas near Bangor, Kelly Ridge and Oroville. Cal OES is working with Cal FIRE and Butte County 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. Statewide, about 200 local government and another 40 Cal OES fire engines have been mobilized to assist wildfire activity.

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland … continue reading »


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