Author: Shawn Boyd

Look Back: The CELL – Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism

Jul 25, 2017 8:00 am

On October 8, 2009, Cal OES published this article about how to recognize the eight signs of terrorism. It focuses on the release of a video commissioned by the state of Colorado. We’re updating the post with additional resources available in California and across the nation.

The CELL – Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on Monday unveiled a terrorism-prevention video, “Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism,” after touring the Center for Empowered Living & Learning Museum in Denver with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano. The video was produced by the museum with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Colorado Information and Analysis Center and Colorado Department of Agriculture, using a $30,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The video is narrated by former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway … continue reading »

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Cooling Trend on the Way but Still Dangerously Hot

Jul 18, 2017 8:30 am

Despite a slight cooling trend, high temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week around California, with triple digits expected in some areas. Typically, the Central Valley is hit the hardest. In fact, the searing heat that hovered in July 2006 was especially brutal as it was blamed for 140 deaths in the state, 45 of those in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. There was a reported spike in emergency room visits by more than 16,000 across the Central Valley during the ten-day period when temperatures were above 100.

So be sure to heed warnings from local and state officials; it could save a life, maybe yours.

Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illness

Zaca Fire Left its Mark on Santa Barbara County & the History Books

Jul 11, 2017 8:30 am

One of the largest fires in California’s history began on July 4th, 2007. Officials determined sparks ignited the blaze – not from fireworks, but from a grinder used by two men working to fix a pipe.
The Zaca Fire became the largest fire in Santa Barbara County history.

It took almost three months to contained and burned more than 240,000 acres, making it California’s second largest fire at the time (it now ranks number 4 on the list.) The cost more than 118 million dollars to fight, a price that would have certainly gone up had it not burned away from population centers into rugged areas of the San Rafael Mountains in the Los Padres National Forest. It destroyed only one building, a Forest Service outbuilding.  No fatalities resulted from the fire, but two pilots were … continue reading »

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Ten Independence Day Fun Facts

Jul 3, 2017 2:00 pm


Ten Independence Day Fun Facts

(or just interesting depending on what you consider ‘fun’)

Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.

The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.

The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and … continue reading »

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More PSA “Deadly Silence: Are You Listening” Versions Released

Jun 27, 2017 4:54 pm

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, in conjunction with Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, produced a series of public service announcements to remind people just how dangerous backyard pools can be. On June 16th, 2017, the agencies held a media event poolside at California Family Fitness in Rancho Cordova to officially launch the PSAs.

Below are all six version of the PSA — three in English, and the same three in Spanish.


Deadly Silence: Version I



Deadly Silence: Version II



Deadly Silence: Version III



US Forest Service

Caught on top of a waterfall: CHP rescues man on a rock before a 40-foot drop

‘Skip the dip’: Dangerous runoff claims 19 lives in California rivers

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Save Your Pet’s Life with These Simple Summer Tips

Jun 20, 2017 8:10 am

The five top things to monitor about your pets during the summer. Brought to you by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Sacramento SPCA.  Cal OES published this story five years ago but the information is still as valuable as ever.





Sacramento SPCA

AVMA: Pets in Vehicles

PetMD: 7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer


Hot Weather Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

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