Prep Day Prepares Thousands of Californians for Next Disaster

Today, thousands of Californians are now more prepared for the next disaster. With historic Old Sacramento as the backdrop, the 13th annual California’s Day of Preparedness invited the community to learn about disaster preparedness through a litany of fun activities.

The event featured more than 40 state, federal and local agencies, public safety departments and non-profit organizations and showcased interactive activities, the opportunity to meet first responders and watch live demonstrations on two separate stages – the Main Stage and River Stage.

Attendees also received countless giveaways and informational handouts, as well as the options of face painting and on-stage preparedness games.

California’s Day of Preparedness unofficially kicks off National Preparedness Month, which is recognized every September. Cal OES urges all Californians to be prepared for a disaster because in California, it is a matter of when, not if, a disaster will strike.


Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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