Front Row, L-R: Mike Warren, Ron Williams, Anthony Zimmer // Back Row, L-R: Andy Langolf, Mark Ackerman, Megan Pappas

Podcast Episode 53: Cal OES Team Returns from Hurricane Florence Assistance and Shares Experiences, Part-2

On September 12, 2018, Cal OES deployed emergency and incident management specialists to assist with emergency response efforts for Hurricane Florence. The team arrived in South Carolina prior to the storm’s landfall and immediately began work.

The 8-person team consisted of Megan Pappas, Mike Warren, Ron Williams,  Anthony Zimmer, Mark Ackerman, Andy Langolf, Carly Landry and Drew Hammond.  During the two-week deployment, California personnel will use their specialized emergency management operations skills to help officials as they respond to the impacts of Hurricane Florence. The eight-person Cal OES Incident Support Team has extensive emergency operations experience and has been involved in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters in California including wildfires, flooding, winter storms, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, earthquakes and drought.  Primary duties included the support of Logistics and Points of Distribution (POD) coordination in Columbia, S.C. at the State Emergency Operations Center.

In this episode, which is Part-2 of two, each of these team members recount the experiences of their deployment, what worked, what didn’t, their objectives and how they met them despite the pressures from a fast-approaching hurricane, working in a strange place with unfamiliar people and methods and much more. (Listen to Part-1 here)


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Links All Hazards Page

Palmetto Software


State Private Nonprofit Organizations Assistance Program

Emergency Management Assistance Compact

Press Releases

Press Release: California Deploys Emergency Management Team to South Carolina, Virginia to Assist with Hurricane Response, Recovery

Press Release: California Deploys Emergency Management Team to Puerto Rico to Assist with Hurricane Response, Recovery

Press Release: California Deploys Additional Emergency Support to East Coast States Impacted by Hurricane Florence

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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