Author: Shawn Boyd

Drilling Down into Tsunami Preparedness Week


Mar 27, 2017 6:12 pm

This week (March 27 – 31) is Tsunami Preparedness Week in California. Whether you live along the coast, have family and friends there, or just visit on occasion, it’s important to know what the hazards are and how to keep you and your family safe.  Cal OES has put together an OES News In-depth report to shed a little light on tsunami safety and to show you some of the latest “ground breaking” research that’s gone into understanding the connection between earthquakes and tsunamis.

 

Bonus Material

Emily Brodsky Explains How to Take the Temperature of an Undersea Fault

Thorne Lay on Big Sur Concern

Thorne Lay … continue reading »


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The Changing Colors of the California Drought


Mar 21, 2017 9:32 am

Californians changed their habits and attitudes about water conservation and use over the last three years. They succeeded in a challenge to meet a tough but attainable goal of a reduction of water usage by 20% statewide. And Mother Nature came through at the 11th hour when we were all planning on a full sixth consecutive year of drought.

The big take away from the graphic below is that, as of March, 2017, nearly 77% of the state is not in any drought category. How about that? Further analysis of the graphic shows that none of California is in the Extreme or Exceptional Drought categories. Only one percent is in the Severe drought category, eight percent in Moderate Drought, 23% is shown to be Abnormally Dry. The changing colors (or lack-thereof) are as lovely as those … continue reading »


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On The Road With PDA Teams in Contra Costa County


Mar 10, 2017 7:49 pm

Preliminary Damage Assessment teams are scouring counties all over California, trying to tally the cost of damage to public infrastructure during the storms in February.  For the governor to declare a state of emergency, and for a possible presidential disaster proclamation and receive financial help from the federal government, the state must know what reasonable damage and repair cost estimates are. Both state and federal representatives conduct PDA’s. In the video below we shadow one PDA Team in Contra Costa County (we want to thank them for allowing us to tag along, and for their patience with us.)

Once all the data has been compiled by federal teams (FEMA), it’s turned over to Cal OES, which compares it to their own data.  It is important … continue reading »


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Preliminary Damage Assessments Ongoing After Three Months of Winter Storms Damage


Mar 7, 2017 1:02 pm

So, you may have seen references to PDA’s but aren’t sure what they are. In the world of emergency management, it’s the abbreviation for Preliminary Damage Assessments (c’mon, you know everything in government must have an abbreviation or acronym.) That’s exactly what’s happening right now in areas around the state that have suffered damage from the winter storms that began in December 2016, and continued to kick California around through February; and they may not be over just yet.

For the governor to declare a state of emergency, and for a possible presidential disaster proclamation and receive financial help from the federal government, the state must know what reasonable damage and repair cost estimates are. Both state and federal representatives conduct PDA’s.

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Agency Work Rages On in Butte County and Around NorCal


Mar 3, 2017 7:11 pm

A lot of work triggered by storms two to three weeks ago rages on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Agencies, public and private, and their contractors have many irons in the fire in Butte County to make repairs to the Oroville Dam spillways, dredge the diversion pools, get the power plant back online and keep the community there and downstream safe.

At the Oroville Dam, DWR is maintaining a zero-flow on the controlled spillway. Without water releases, crews have been able to get into the area below the spillway and remove roughly 168,000 cubic yards of material from the diversion pool as of 8 a.m. Friday.  Construction crews continue to remove debris both on land and on any one of five barges. … continue reading »


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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses


Mar 1, 2017 5:27 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small non-farm businesses in 32 California counties and neighboring Arizona and Nevada counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties beginning Jan. 1, 2017, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center – West.

Primary California counties: Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne and Ventura;

Neighboring California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Contra Costa, Imperial, Sacramento, San Mateo and Santa Cruz;

Neighboring Arizona counties: La Paz and Mohave;

Neighboring Nevada counties: Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral and Nye.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on … continue reading »


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Cal OES & FEMA: Meeting the Need Today, Ready for Tomorrow


Feb 17, 2017 10:22 pm

FEMA is now imbedded at Cal OES headquarters as the two, along with their other state, federal, local and non-governmental partners coordinate response and recovery activity to multiple weather-related incidents. Get an idea of what they’re facing now, and in the coming weeks by watching this short video. Public Information Officer Shawn Boyd reports in the Cal OES News In-Depth story.


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