Author: Shawn Boyd

OES News Inside Look: Keeping Cool with These Hot Tips


May 25, 2017 5:43 pm

Heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods combined. This week on Inside Look, the Cal OES team tells you what you need to know when the mercury starts rising.

 

 

 

 

Heat Illness Info Graphic

Links

Cal OES: Beat the Heat Resources

Cal OES: Contingency Plan For Excessive Heat Emergencies


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Tom Selleck Has an Important Message for You and it Could Save Your Home


May 23, 2017 8:00 am

Actor Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods, Magnum PI, Jesse Stone, 3 Men & a Baby) agreed to host a series of PSA’s shot by Cal OES for the California Department of Forestry in 1994. Tom was so thankful to fire crews for helping save his home during a wildfire that he repaid his gratitude with the campaign “Fire Safe”. Here are a couple of spots we dug up from the Cal OES archives. Enjoy!

We have more information on defensible space at the links below.

LINKS

Cal OES INSIDE LOOK: Protect Your Home From Wildfire

Cal OES My Hazards

CALFIRE: Why 100′?

Defensible Space Flier

Defensible Space Brochure

Homeowners Defensible Space Checklist

 

Photo Credit: Cowboys and Indians Magazine

 

 


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Cal OES INSIDE LOOK: Protect Your Home From Wildfire


May 19, 2017 2:13 pm

You’ve heard the term “defensible space,” but what does that really mean? We’ll cut through the weeds and show you how we do it. California’s firefighting mutual aid system moves faster than you think. And, goats could save your life – we’ll explain how.

Resources:

Cal OES My Hazards

CALFIRE: Why 100′?

Defensible Space Flier

Defensible Space Brochure

Homeowners Defensible Space Checklist

 


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Professor Honored for Seismic Safety Contributions


May 16, 2017 3:42 pm

Tsunami expert Lori Dengler has just been named the recipient of the 2017 Frank Press Public Service Award for her “exceptional leadership as a scientist, writer, educator, communicator and advocate of tsunami research and preparedness,” according to a Humboldt State University announcement on Friday. Cal OES’s Kate Long says Lori is part of the Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami Program through a contract with Humboldt State University (NTHMP-funded).  RCTWG is also one of the founding organizations making up the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA); the cross-sector, cross-region networking coalition Cal OES organizes and supports; ECA/RCTWG is pivotal in grassroots organizing for tsunami awareness week and the great California shakeout. RCTWG has also served as the model by which other regional ECA Group’s have formed. CAL OES Eq/Tsu Program was also one the three organizations that nominated … continue reading »


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Cal OES Provides Telecommunications Expertise for Big Sur Marathon


May 9, 2017 8:00 am

Radio reception for emergency responders is very spotty along Highway 1. That posed a big problem for public safety entities and organizers of the Big Sur Marathon, which ran again Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Jeffrey Howell is an assistant chief with Cal OES Telecommunications, Region II, and he, along with many others Cal OES staff and volunteers, helped keep lines of communications open during the Big Sur International Marathon at the end of April. Jeff says “…after the Boston Marathon bombing a group of Public Safety Agencies got together to discuss possible threats to the marathon that was due to follow that same year. Cal OES AC Law Chief Greg Smith happened to be among those that discussed the threats. Greg immediately thought of getting Cal OES Emergency Communications involved and made me his first call … continue reading »


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Cal OES and it’s Highly Specialized Preparedness Experts Train with the US Navy


May 1, 2017 3:33 pm

Wildfires. Floods. Earthquakes. These are the more well-known disasters with which the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are intimately familiar. However, did you know we have expertise in mitigating and preparing for some very specialized disasters, incidents such as tsunami and volcanic, biological, and radiological?
Cal OES just wrapped a week-long training and exercise symposium with the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program in San Diego. Cal OES and several other civil authorities participated in the emergency response symposium as a way to ensure and test the Navy’s interoperability with its emergency response partners.

Bill Potter, Cal OES Radiological Preparedness Unit, attended the symposium and said, “their [the Navy’s] continuing efforts have helped the state and local jurisdictions around their Naval Facilities to better prepare for all-hazards.”

The symposium featured demonstrations, presentations, dockside tours and a joint-exercise … continue reading »


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Cal OES Awarded Highest Honor; Re-Accredits for EMAP


May 1, 2017 2:40 pm

Late last week the Emergency Management Accreditation Program informed Cal OES that it will fully accredit the agency for the second time.

According to an EMAP press release:

“The State of California is commended for the work accomplished to achieve compliance with industry standards. To achieve accreditation, your program, which includes many agencies and individuals within the program, took steps to document compliance with sixty-four industry recognized standards and a peer-review on-site assessment by a team of EMAP trained assessors. Accreditation recognizes the ability of programs to bring together personnel, resources, and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to a disaster of any type. We applaud the State of California’s leadership and congratulate you on your commitment to achieve accreditation. More importantly, we recognize the … continue reading »


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