First Responders, Community Come Together at Cal OES Open House and Family Day

Today, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) welcomed the public to experience the backbone of disaster response at Open House and Family Day at the State Operations Center in Mather.

Joined by dozens of local, state, federal, private and non-profit partners, this event was a chance for all to explore and enjoy the state’s emergency management headquarters and disaster response system.

“Cal OES Open House and Family Day is a day when we open our doors for the community to see California’s emergency response system firsthand and showcase the amazing work all of our partners do,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “We also want to show our deepest appreciation to all that have spent countless hours away from their families dedicated to the mission of keeping California safe”.

Also featured at this event was a 911 for Kids Heroes Awards Ceremony, which honored a public safety dispatcher and young child for their heroic efforts during a 9-1-1 call. Six-year-old Tamonyi Stencer-Dixon and Public Safety Dispatcher Mallory Castles were recognized for their efforts after working together on a call to 9-1-1 to provide life-saving information to help Tamonyi’s great-grandmother who had lost consciousness.

Open House and Family Day was also filled with fun activities for friends and family to enjoy, including tours of the Cal OES headquarters, helicopter flyover, public safety vehicles, face painting and more.

Open House and Family Day Video Highlights 


Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public 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 and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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