Cal Guard: Answering The Call When Disaster Strikes

California is no stranger to disaster. The coastal state has had more than its fair share of wrath from Mother Nature ranging from devastating earthquakes, monstrous wildfires, damaging floods and crippling drought. Knowing that preparedness and capability is instrumental when it comes to emergency response, California has one of the most robust and tested systems in the world. As a coordinator of emergency response and providing support to local agencies, Cal OES also relies on the strengths of partner public safety agencies. The California National Guard (Cal Guard) is one of the public safety agencies that answers the call when California is in need. They are part of California’s emergency management system backbone and their motto: Always Ready, Always There.

This video illustrates the overall mission of the Cal Guard in California’s disaster response. It also features real-life video of a water rescue that took place this past winter in Plumas County where Cal Guard efforts literally saved a man’s life.



In case you haven’t heard, the California Day of Preparedness is Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10am – 2pm in Old Sacramento. And what would an emergency preparedness event be without the Cal Guard…Come out and meet the men and women of the Cal Guard this Saturday! Here is their video inviting you to Old Sacramento this Saturday:



California Day of Preparedness event page:


Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake, 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake EMAC PIO, 2020 fire siege and the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in the executive, international affairs and technology offices.

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