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.

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.).
  • Never call 9-1-1 as a prank or … continue reading »

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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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More Californians Can Seismic Retrofit Their Homes

Jan 25, 2017 12:03 pm

Today the 2017 Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program opened registration for $6 million in grants for seismic retrofits to help California homeowners protect their families and secure their older homes against a catastrophic earthquake.

The program is designed to help homeowners in ZIP codes that face the highest risk of earthquake damage to homes, based on local geological hazards combined with the vulnerability due to home construction type.

Starting today and continuing through February 27, homeowners in 141 eligible ZIP codes in 33 cities can register online to receive up to $3,000 toward a code-compliant seismic retrofit.

The announcement was made today at a news conference in southern California. The announced eligible ZIP codes represent a 25 percent increase over what was available in 2016.

“It is not a matter of if the next earthquake will strike, but when … continue reading »

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It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot & This Year You May Want To!

Jan 23, 2017 3:54 pm

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reporting widespread flu activity across the state and that is more severe than last year. Since the beginning of the influenza season, CDPH has received reports of 14 influenza-associated deaths, including a child younger than 18 years of age. Hospitals and medical clinics statewide have been impacted by a surge in influenza patients.

For anyone who has not yet received a flu shot this season, it is not too late.  Because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza, it is best to get vaccinated as soon as possible. CDPH recommends all Californians aged six month and older, including pregnant women, should get the annual flu vaccine.

Along with getting immunized, there are some precautions you can take to help avoid catching the flu, as well as other illnesses. … continue reading »

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Flood Control Gets Weir’d

Jan 12, 2017 6:21 pm

It’s been quite some time since California got a good soaking and this last series of storms has definitely left its mark. Just this morning an additional 15 gates were opened on the Sacramento Weir.

“Excuse me? Sacramento Weir?”  We’ve been hearing this a lot the past few days at Cal OES. Even from residents in the Sacramento region. So, we thought it would be helpful or at least interesting to explain what all this “Weir” talk is about.

Sacramento Valley has a history of floods that goes back as long as people have populated the region. Prior to flood management, the Sacramento Valley would become an “inland sea,” nearly every year during the winter months.

In fact, in January 1850, a major flood devastated the new city of Sacramento, as well as other low lying towns in the … continue reading »

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