Author: Bryan May

Meet California’s Baaaaa-dest Fire Prevention Strike Team

May 22, 2017 5:28 pm

As a group of about 600 moved through the outskirts of a Yolo County neighborhood, several neighbors stopped to watch.  The group was there to work.  Their work is eating grass and weeds that could become fuel for fires this Summer.

“We’re at about 1,200 head of goats, total,” said Tim Arrowsmith, who owns Blue Tent Farms out of Red Bluff.

Arrowsmith brings his herds of goats wherever needed.  The goats can easily eat down vegetation and weeds in areas that would be hard for city and fire workers to get to.

“If you look at the terrain, you can see that it’s fairly steep and difficult to maneuver.   Bringing in staff with weed eaters would take a lot more time.  It’d be more costly,” said Bryan Jonson, Fire Marshal for the City of West Sacramento.

“This is … continue reading »

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Wildfire Awareness Week Kicks Off In California

May 8, 2017 4:54 pm

Each year California highlights the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring a week in May as “Wildfire Awareness Week.”  On Monday, May 8th, several agencies came together to kick off Wildfire Awareness Week with a joint press conference and to remind California residents of the dangers posed by wildfires.

“We are all in this together,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of California’s Office Of Emergency Services.

“We want to make certain that the resources get to the right place, the right kind of resources are getting to the right place and that we do as much as we can to protect lives and property through these types of events,” Ghilarducci said.

Despite record amounts of rain this winter, California has already experienced about 500 fires this year.  With an estimated 100 million trees killed as a result of … continue reading »

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5 Tips For Surviving In Cold Water

May 5, 2017 3:00 pm

With temperatures in the Valley already climbing into the 90’s, California’s rivers and lakes have once again become popular destinations for those looking to cool off and escape the heat.  But warm temperatures and cold water can be a dangerous combination.

Cold water carries heat away from the body 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.  This means the body immediately begins to lose heat, resulting in shivering and hyperventilation.  Your chances of surviving in these conditions can be greatly improved if you follow these 5 tips.

  1. ALWAYS USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM.  Never swim alone.  That second set of hands and eyes could be your life saver.
  2. AVOID ALCOHOL.  On average, 25% of adult drowning deaths involve alcohol.  Alcohol impairs judgement, encourages greater risk taking behavior, reduces coordination and impairs reaction time.
  3. WEAR A LIFEJACKET.  Life jackets … continue reading »

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Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness

Apr 27, 2017 4:17 pm

With California’s heat season quickly approaching, Cal/OSHA today hosted a news conference to remind employers that prevention is the best defense for outdoor workers against heat-related illness and death.

A key component of Cal/OSHA’s prevention model includes annual trainings statewide in both English and Spanish.  Nisei Farmers League and 11 other agricultural employers co-sponsored training sessions in each language today in Easton. The training highlights the need to protect outdoor workers from heat illness and the requirements under California’s heat illness standard.

“Cal/OSHA continues to enforce the nation’s most comprehensive heat illness prevention regulation, and we will continue our outreach, consultation and training for workers and employers to ensure that workers are protected from the heat,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.

The risk of heat illness is generally highest for people who work outdoors. Therefore, Cal/OSHA’s prevention approach includes … continue reading »

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Riverside County Hosts Preparedness Summit

Apr 27, 2017 2:33 pm

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

The events of 9/11 and the recent United Airlines incident were two examples discussed as part of a crisis communications discussion by emergency responders from across Southern California Wednesday.  The summit workshop, called “Reach Beyond Recovery”, was hosted by the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department.

“When people are stressed or concerned, they want to know that you care before they care what you know,” said Kelly Huston, Deputy Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Huston’s High-impact Crisis Communications message was just one of several topics covered, including cyber security strategies, disaster recovery funding and healthcare delivery.


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Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Apr 27, 2017 2:26 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Lona “Grace” Koch, 52, of Elk Grove, has been appointed chief deputy director at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where she has been special advisor and deputy director for finance and administration since 2014 and served in several positions from 1989 to 2008, including deputy director for preparedness and training, external affairs and response and recovery, program manager, associate information system analyst, emergency service coordinator and analyst. Koch was chief of the California Department of General Services, Office of Strategic Planning, Policy and Research from 2008 to 2013. She was a technician and analyst at Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant from 1986 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $160,008. Koch is a Republican.

Sara Stillwell, 45, of … continue reading »

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