On Friday, April 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown issued an executive order ending the drought emergency in all but a few California counties. This came about 27 months after he declared a state of drought emergency for California on January 17, 2014. At that point, the state was headed into its fourth straight year of drought. Private wells were drying up, trees were dying, as was ground water. It was going to take the combined efforts of all Californians to change the way we behaved to save our water, and make sure we had enough for tomorrow. It was also going to take an unprecedented level of cooperation and leadership from local, state, federal, private and non-governmental agencies to respond effectively to the mounting problems resulting from the drought, and change the direction California … continue reading »
Any month of the year is a good time to prepare but September gets special recognition to remind everyone to take steps to be ready for the next disaster or emergency. When we think of emergency preparedness we usually make plans for ourselves, our family and our neighbors. But we need to remember our other important members of the family…our pets.
Preparing your pet before, during and after an emergency is very similar to preparing ourselves. One of the most important steps of pet emergency preparedness is to have a plan. Taking into account the type of animal you have, the risks your household are vulnerable to and your pet’s needs is a great starting place to building your pet emergency preparedness plan.
Here are some general tips to get your pet emergency ready:
- Make sure your pet … continue reading »
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 Chimney Fire burning in San Luis Obispo County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 5,000 acres and is threatening structures near Lake Nacimiento. Cal OES, in working with Cal FIRE, has mobilized multiple immediate-need fire strike teams and firefighters including aircraft, fire engines, dozers and water tenders as well as shelter operations staff and emergency communications capability.
Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Southern Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident. The recent sustained, high temperatures around … continue reading »
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 Clayton Fire burning in Lake County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 1,400 acres, several structures have been lost and the fire continues to threaten areas off State Highway 29 towards Lower Lake. Cal OES is working with Cal FIRE to mobilize multiple immediate-need fire strike teams and firefighters including fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire retardant drops from aircraft as well as shelter operations staff and emergency communications capability.
Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Coastal Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, evacuation and … continue reading »
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency order for Lake and Trinity counties to help residents and businesses recover from the damaging effects of wildfires. Already this year, a series of wildfires in those counties has burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed dozens homes and damaged critical infrastructure.
This executive order will expedite the removal of hazardous debris from the impacted areas and will waive fees to replace documents such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates for those affected by the fires. Today’s executive order follows the State of Emergency declaration issued in late July for wildfires across California during one of the hottest and driest summers on record.
Full text of the Executive Order is below … continue reading »
You know how the lights seem to dim or flicker when the three vacuums, two margarita blenders and seven hair dryers are running on high? Don’t forget the air conditioner, either. That’s your house’s power supply under duress.
The recent earthquake in epicentered near Napa, Calif. has been the latest chapter in our state’s storied history of earthquakes. It’s easy to see way after a 6.0-magnitude shaker and dozens of aftershocks, why California is Earthquake Country. In an effort to keep preserve life and property, California is currently developing an early earthquake warning system that could allow businesses and individuals to take protective actions immediately prior to an earthquake.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has developed a quick reference for answering our most commonly received questions about this system.
Large Increase in Oil by Rail Points to Need for Long-Term Solutions
SACRAMENTO – In an effort to prepare state and local emergency responders for the dramatic increase in shipments of oil by railroad in California communities, the state Interagency Working Group on Oil by Rail Safety today released a report outlining its recommendations to improve public safety during the transport of oil by rail in California.
“Keeping California’s residents and environment safe from oil spills from rail deliveries, pipelines, or marine shipments is a top public safety priority,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Office of Emergency Services. “Implementing these recommendations will bolster a growing array of prevention, response and regulatory efforts.”
State energy officials estimate that crude … continue reading »
The video above is from California National Guard footage of a UH-60 at last year’s Rim Fire near Yosemite.
As firefighters continue to battle wildfires in the San Diego region, specially trained helicopter units from the California National Guard have been activated to assist in the firefight. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has requested the deployment of these resources under the direction of Adjutant General of the California National Guard Maj. General David S. Baldwin. Strong Santa Ana winds and dry fuel conditions throughout the region have ignited nearly a dozen fires that are currently threatening lives and property.
California Army Guard helicopter crews are working in coordination with the CAL FIRE and local firefighting crews in accordance with the Statewide Mutual Aid System that … continue reading »
**UPDATE at 8:45 P.M. PST, May 14, 2014** Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has also secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Coco Fire burning near San Marcos and the University of San Marcos. This fire was also referred to as the Washingtonia Fire earlier in the day. This fire has prompted evacuations in the area and threatens structures in northern San Diego County, south of State Route 78.
As high temperatures continue throughout the state and firefighters battle fires in San Diego and Ventura counties, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting cost … continue reading »