Author: Brad Alexander

AERIAL VIDEO: Northern California’s Super Saturation as Even More Storms Roll into Region


Feb 19, 2017 5:40 pm

Today the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, with a lift by the California National Guard, toured the flooded and super saturated areas of Northern California along the #Sacramento River. Below is raw video from an aerial survey of the conditions of rivers and levees in the greater Sacramento area, heading towards Colusa County.

This was shot from a California National Guard helicopter carrying emergency management officials responsible for coordinating the state’s response to the winter weather impacts. Video shot on Sunday, February 19, 2017 by Cal OES.

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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to California’s Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation Due to Early January Storms


Feb 16, 2017 12:27 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in California following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe winter storm that occurred Jan. 3-5, 2017, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available for the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

“Private nonprofit organizations should contact acting Chief Tamara Scott of the Proclamation and Recovery Planning Division at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services by calling (916) 845-8245 or emailing tamara.scott@caloes.ca.gov to obtain information about applicant briefings,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “At the briefings, private nonprofit representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” … continue reading »


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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to California Private Nonprofit Organizations


Feb 16, 2017 12:21 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in California following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 3-12, 2017, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.

SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, … continue reading »


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LOOKBACK: Documentary Captures Sights, Sounds of Northridge Quake in 1994


Jan 17, 2017 2:45 pm

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake began around 4:30 a.m. with violent shaking that lasted 10 to 20 seconds. According to sensors in the area, it was among the strongest and fastest ground movement recorded in North America. In its wake, the shaking left 57 residents of Los Angeles County dead and more than 11,800 residents of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties injured.

Below is a documentary commissioned by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in 1995 that captures that sometimes shocking and disastrous impacts of the Northridge earthquake of the prior year.

“This disaster helped shape the face of modern emergency management in California, a model that is replicated around the U.S. and in many countries around the globe,” said California Governor’s Office of Emergency … continue reading »


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Significant Rain Drops Over Much of Northern California, Be Ready!


Oct 14, 2016 7:31 am

Rain Radar NorCal

The state’s first significant storm system of the fall season is set to arrive late this week and continue into the weekend. Widespread rainfall is most likely to begin over the Northern California and much of the Bay Area late Thursday and Friday. This will be followed by a weaker system of rainfall on Saturday into Sunday. Since our state has not seen significant rain in a long time, flooding possibilities are much higher. Here’s a few key things to remember to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

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California’s Homeland Security Advisor Releases Statement on 9/11 Anniversary


Sep 11, 2016 7:00 am

SACRAMENTO – Today marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and on United Airlines Flight 93.  In light of this deeply significant anniversary for the United States, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and homeland security advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., issued the following statement:

“Today, as we remember the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States of America, targeting the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and United Airlines Flight 93, these events still stand as salient reminders that terrorism remains a threat to our nation and even our state.

Our thoughts are with those who lost their lives and those whose lives have been forever changed by these … continue reading »


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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.

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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 … continue reading »


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