Author: Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. In 2015, he assisted in the response and recovery efforts of California’s disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, as well as the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

What Would You Take With You?


Mar 27, 2017 9:39 pm

On February 12, the Lake Oroville Dam emergency spillway in Butte County suffered potentially catastrophic damage as a result of erosion secondary to water flow. In response, approximately 188,000 people from counties and cities near Lake Oroville were ordered to immediate evacuate.

Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Almost every year, people living along the coastline on the east coast and along the gulf states are evacuated due to hurricanes. While here in California, most evacuations are caused by wildfires or floods.

Most disasters are the result of some force of nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Some natural disasters can be predicted, such as hurricanes and severe winter storms, while others, such as tornadoes and earthquakes, happen with little or no warning.

The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency, Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to Recent Storms


Mar 8, 2017 9:20 am

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster state and local recovery efforts following late January storms that caused major flooding, mudslides, power outages and damage to critical infrastructure across California.

Governor Brown today also issued two emergency proclamations due to storms in late January and February – for the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba, Contra Costa, Orange, Riverside, San Francisco and Solano – which direct … continue reading »


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Blankets Make Everything Better


Mar 7, 2017 11:22 am

Residents at the Front Street Animal Shelter got a little warmer on Friday, March 3rd, when Cal OES delivered 70 slightly used blankets to the shelter. The blankets were among some of the state resources used in the Oroville Dam sheltering response.

The blankets are considered consumables and were made available to evacuees at various shelters. Since, the blankets are considered consumables, there are no procedures or protocols for cleaning or laundering after initial use.Because the shelter relies strictly on donations to care for the lost or abandoned animals, donations are much appreciated.

At the Front Street Animal Shelter there are 97 kennels and the shelter takes in 11,000 dogs and cats a year. Most of those animals are adopted by loving families and will have their own blanket at their new home. However, … continue reading »


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Butte County Sheriff’s Office to Reduce Immediate Evacuation Order to Evacuation Warning


Feb 14, 2017 2:51 pm

Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued the following today February 14, 2017:

 

Butte County Sheriff’s Office to Reduce Immediate Evacuation Order to Evacuation Warning

Due to lower lake levels, further inspections, ongoing work to shore-up the Oroville Dam emergency spillway and updated weather forecasts, effective at 1:00 p.m. today, the Evacuation Order for the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident has been reduced to an Evacuation Warning. Any resident displaced by the evacuation may return home at 1:00 p.m.; however all residents are advised to remain vigilant and prepared as conditions can rapidly change. People who have special needs or require extended time to evacuate should consider remaining evacuated.

An Evacuation Warning means the immediate threat has ended but the potential for an emergency remains and therefore residents must remain prepared for the possibility … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to January Storms


Feb 10, 2017 8:11 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state to bolster ongoing state and local recovery efforts following January storms that caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, power outages and damage to critical infrastructure across California.

Governor Brown also issued an executive order today that adds the counties of Amador, Mono and Riverside to the 49 counties already included in the emergency proclamation issued last month due to January storms. The order also authorizes state funding through the California Disaster Assistance Act for 34 counties impacted by the storms and directs the California Department of Transportation to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program for Amador and Riverside counties.

The Governor’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to January storms can … continue reading »


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Teaching Kids About 9-1-1


Feb 6, 2017 3:28 pm

Would your child know what to do in an emergency? Does your child know how to call 9-1-1?

Teaching children how to use 9-1-1 is crucial and could save lives. Knowing what to teach your child about 9-1-1 is essential to ensure they use it properly and do not call 9-1-1 unnecessarily.

Here are some helpful tips for teaching the proper use of 9-1-1:

  • Never say “nine eleven.” There is no eleven on a telephone keypad or dial. Always say “nine-one-one.”
  • Always call from a safe place. If the house is on fire, make sure your child understands that they need to go to a pre-determined meeting place or to a neighbor’s house before calling 9-1-1.
  • Post your address near the phone or in a place everyone has access (ie. memo board, refrigerator, etc.).
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Coordinating For Worst-Case Scenarios


Jan 31, 2017 1:59 pm

San Diego County Office of Emergency Services played host to today’s California BioWatch Advisory Committee. The BioWatch Program provides early detection of a bioterrorism event and helps communities prepare a coordinated response.

BioWatch is managed by the Office of Health Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security and operated by a network of scientists, laboratory technicians, emergency managers, and public health officials.

BioWatch also helps California jurisdictions develop response plans to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Local, state, and federal BioWatch stakeholders hold exercises to test, evaluate, and continually improve coordination, communication, and decision making in the event of a biological attack.

The California BioWatch Advisory Committee is a group of stakeholders and external partners, who meet regularly to … continue reading »


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