Large Scale Disaster Management with Bob Fenton

Jul 18, 2017 8:30 am
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Imagine this situation — the first time you visit New York City it just happens to be on 9/11. The second time you visit is during Hurricane Sandy, and the third time, would you even go back? The man we’re going to talk to today experienced that string of disasters and suddenly found himself leading the initial emergency response to those historical events. He’s a UC Davis alum and 5th generation San Franciscan.

Robert J. Fenton, Jr. was appointed Regional Administrator for FEMA Region IX in July 2015. Since joining FEMA in 1996, Mr. Fenton has played a significant role in numerous large-scale response and recovery operations in the U.S. and has responded to more than 50 Federal disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the four Florida Hurricanes of 2004, the Southern California Wildfires of 2003 and 2007, the Super Typhoon Pongsona in Guam, and the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.


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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Detwiller Fire in Mariposa County

Jul 17, 2017 8:56 pm
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Mark Ghilarducci, Director Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Detwiller Fire burning in Mariposa County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 11,000 acres, threatening structures near the areas of Hornitos, Bear Valley and Bagby. Cal OES is working with CAL FIRE and Mariposa County to mobilize multiple fire strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire … continue reading »

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Cal OES Seeks Requests for over $15.5M in Various Victim/Advocacy Programs

Jul 17, 2017 3:52 pm

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Victim Legal Assistance (KL) Program, the Victim Advocacy in Detention Facilities (KA) Program as well as the Tribal Court Advocate (KT) Program.  

The purpose of the Victim Legal Assistance (KL) Program is to provide holistic civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of crime who are seeking relief in legal matters related to that crime, at no cost to the victim. The KL Program is an expansion of our Victim Legal Assistance (XL) Program launched last spring. Due to the large response received by that RFP and because victim legal assistance has been specifically identified as a priority by the VOCA Steering Committee, the KL Program was established to … continue reading »

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Wildfires Burning Across the State Keeping Firefighters Busy

Jul 17, 2017 1:50 pm

Firefighters are making progress on several wildfires burning throughout California, including the weeks-long Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County. The threat level on the east side of the fire has been reduced significantly and, with conditions improving, some evacuation orders have been lifted, according to Cal FIRE.

Burning in the Lake Cachuma area, south of Highway 154, the Whittier Fire is now 18,015 acres and 49 percent contained. On just the Whittier Fire alone, there are 1,612 firefighters assigned, including 103 fire engines, 38 hand-crews, 16 dozers, 14 helicopters, and 22 water tenders and 18 bulldozers. The coordinated public safety effort consists of various local, state and federal agencies including Santa Barbara County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Southern CA Edison, PG&E, Goleta Water District, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, American Red Cross … continue reading »

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Preparing for Potentially Pesky Pests

Jul 16, 2017 6:51 pm

Mosquitoes can carry terrible diseases including malaria, dengue fever virus, Rift Valley fever virus, yellow fever, chikungunya virus, Zika virus, West Nile virus, Lymphatic filariasis, and Japanese encephalitis. While some of these viruses are treatable, some can be deadly.

So far this year there have been only three people who have tested positive for West Nile, in Kern, Kings, and Los Angeles counties. But mosquitoes carrying the disease have been detected in many California counties.

The heavy rains along with snowpack this past winter filled up our reservoirs, but brought flooding throughout California. All that wet weather also left behind standing water, which can result in havens for mosquito breeding.

Now that high temperatures are here, the stage is set for lots of mosquito activity. Mosquitoes thrive in warmer temperatures and are able to reproduce faster in these conditions. … continue reading »

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County Due to Alamo and Whittier Fires

Jul 16, 2017 5:56 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of the Alamo and Whittier fires, which have burned thousands of acres, damaged agriculture, businesses and critical infrastructure including power lines, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

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The full text of the proclamation is below:


WHEREAS on July 6, 2017, the Alamo Fire, and on July 8, 2017 the Whittier Fire, began burning and have rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continue to burn in Santa Barbara County; and

WHEREAS these fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and

WHEREAS these fires have damaged and continue to threaten critical infrastructure, including major power lines, and have forced … continue reading »

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California’s Fire Mutual Aid System Mobilizing Hundreds of Resources to Wildfires Throughout the State

Jul 15, 2017 12:30 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 15, 2017) — California’s firefighting mutual aid system continues working at full speed this weekend sending firefighters and resources from across the state to join the battle at 12 major wildfires threatening dozens of communities at both ends of the state.  As of Saturday, there were more than 400 engines, four dozen aircraft and over 7,000 personnel working on wildfires that have already burned as much as 159,000 acres statewide.

“Our tried-and-true mutual aid system is working just as designed. We’re strategically deploying a lot of resources to these wildfires regardless of where they’re burning,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Our number one priority is to protect lives and property using the most effective combination of local, state and federal resources through a unified effort,” said … continue reading »

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