This year’s destructive wildfires, the constant threat of a major earthquake and a lingering historic drought in California emphasizes the importance of emergency preparedness. Although Californians are seemingly accustomed to natural disasters and extreme events, it is critical that individuals, families and communities stay prepared and informed on how to react for the next disaster.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is doing its part to ensure that the public is educated by hosting the 11th annual California Day of Preparedness on Saturday in Old Sacramento.
The free family-friendly event (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) will be staged on what is referred to as the “1849 Scene” near the Railroad Museum and Discovery Museum. For the past couple of years, Cal OES has chosen Old Sacramento State Historic Park as the location for the annual kick-off to September’s National Preparedness Month.
This year’s theme, “Surviving the Wild West,” refers to Old Sacramento being the commercial center of the California Gold Rush, as it became a crossroads of transportation, connected by steamboats to San Francisco, by supply roads to mining regions, and to Folsom by the first railroad in the West. Despite floods, fires, and epidemics, Sacramento became California’s capital in 1854. California is also considered one of the most diverse states when it comes to “wild” natural disasters – wildfires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and even volcanoes.
The California Day of Preparedness consists of a full day of live demonstrations on two separate stages – Main and River – and will also include a special ceremony at noon on the Main Stage, which will be located on a grass area adjacent to the Railroad Museum. The River Stage will be in the Sacramento River near the Discovery Museum. Demonstrations will occur every 10-15 minutes on either stage throughout the duration of the event.
Some demos on the Main Stage include: learning how to escape a vehicle with downed power lines nearby; K-9 officers; organizing a prep kit; chemical decontamination; and a cribbing rescue. Aside from swift water rescues on the River Stage, boy scouts will use a 50-foot rope toss to save a “drowning victim” and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department will show how to fight fires with a helicopter water drop.
Also, attendees can replicate the shaking of a 9.5 magnitude earthquake by sitting inside a mobile simulator, as well as patrolling an extensive amount of booths from various organizations and enjoying a specialized kids corral for families.
In all, there will be approximately 40 organizations attending this year’s event, including: 911 for Kids, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, CAL FIRE, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Department of Motor Vehicles, California Department of Water Resources, California Division of Boating and Waterways, California Geological Survey, California National Guard,Caltrans – California Department of Transportation, CAOL- California Operational Lifesaver, Duracell, EMSA – Emergency Medical Services Authority, FEMA Region IX, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, KNCI, Lowe’s, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Quake Cottage, Sacramento River Cats, Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District, Sacramento CERT – Community Emergency Response Team, Sacramento County DART, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Sacramento Fire Department, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento SPCA, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Army Recruiting, U.S. Coast Guard, Yocha Dehe Fire Department and West Sacramento CERT.
In addition to eateries in Old Sacramento, there will be four food trucks – Jimboys Tacos, Cousins Maine Lobster, Squeeze Inn and Drewski’s – and two dessert trucks – shaved ice from Kona Ice and Italian ice from What’s Happenin’ Italian Ice at California Day of Preparedness.
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