NOAA/STAR Satellite Photo of Hurricane Florence

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services deploys Eight Additional Emergency Managers from San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties to Help with Hurricane Florence Response

Today, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), coordinating with the City and County of San Francisco and Santa Clara County officials, is deploying a team of additional highly-skilled emergency managers and specialists to head to North Carolina.

This new activation and deployment of eight specialized emergency management personnel will assist in the on-going response to Hurricane Florence.

The City and County of San Francisco is deploying four Emergency Operations Center (EOC) specialists. Santa Clara County is also deploying a four-person Emergency Operations Center team.

“Right now, our thoughts are with those on the East Coast who are feeling the impacts of this significant hurricane,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “These well trained local emergency managers and specialists will bring with them a wealth of experience and training to assist their counterparts on the ground.”

San Francisco’s EOC team is comprised of individuals from the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Emergency Medical Services Agency.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities and families being displaced and threatened by Hurricane Florence.  The response to this catastrophic storm will require a team effort,“ said Mary Ellen Carroll, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. “As always, the City and County of San Francisco is ready to lend our support in an effort to expedite response and recovery efforts.”

Santa Clara County’s staff hales from the County’s Office of Emergency Services and County Health and Hospital System. Team members will be filling roles in operations, planning, resource-tracking and situation-status. The deployment for all personnel is 12 days.

“The County of Santa Clara fully supports the deployment to North Carolina to provide this much needed assistance to the impacted communities,” said Dana Reed, Director of Emergency Management at Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have hit the coast of North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with a ten foot storm surge, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is also bringing significant rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic States, both of which are predicted to suffer widespread flooding.

In recent days, California has also deployed eight Urban Search & Rescue and Water Rescue teams from across California, as well as an Incident Management Team based out of the Central Coast and an 8-person Incident Support Team from Cal OES’ headquarters in Sacramento.

Since 1992, California-based State/National US&R Task Forces have been deployed to a long list of other state, national, and even international disasters including 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, 1992 Hurricane Iniki (Hawaii), the 1994 Northridge Earthquake1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, several hurricanes, last year’s earthquake disaster near Mexico City, and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

For more information follow this link: Cal OES Special Operations

For more information on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact follow this link.

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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