Look Back: The CELL – Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism

Jul 25, 2017 8:00 am

On October 8, 2009, Cal OES published this article about how to recognize the eight signs of terrorism. It focuses on the release of a video commissioned by the state of Colorado. We’re updating the post with additional resources available in California and across the nation.

The CELL – Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on Monday unveiled a terrorism-prevention video, “Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism,” after touring the Center for Empowered Living & Learning Museum in Denver with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano. The video was produced by the museum with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Colorado Information and Analysis Center and Colorado Department of Agriculture, using a $30,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The video is narrated by former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway … continue reading »

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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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Mutual Aid Deploys To California In Response To Storm Recovery

Jun 14, 2017 12:42 pm

Last October, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California National Guard (CNG) jointly deployed personnel with emergency response and management expertise to assist in Florida and neighboring states in response to Hurricane Matthew. During a two-week deployment, Cal OES and CNG personnel used their specialized technical skills to help Floridian emergency management officials at Florida’s State Emergency Operations Center.

Now, after relentless storms battered California this winter, Cal OES reached out to its mutual aid partners requesting assistance from other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) – the nation’s mutual-aid system. The Cal OES Recovery Division identified the need for Public Assistance subject matter experts to assist with the aftermath of the 2017 winter storms, with two trained personnel from New Jersey and one from Colorado arriving in Sacramento … continue reading »

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President Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California

Apr 2, 2017 7:02 am

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from February 1 to February 23, 2017.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Sacramento, San … continue reading »

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FEMA: Now is the best time to purchase flood insurance

Mar 27, 2017 5:19 pm

Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Without the financial protection of flood insurance, a single event could put your family’s finances at risk.

There is a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. That means the best time to buy flood insurance is always right now.

Flood insurance is available for those who own or rent homes, condominiums and commercial properties, as long as their community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Flood insurance costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers and the property’s flood risk. Flood insurance can only be purchased from a licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Talk to your local insurance agent now.

Coverage is available for buildings and for contents. Since contents coverage … continue reading »

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Governor Brown Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to February Storms, Damage to Oroville Dam Spillway

Mar 19, 2017 5:37 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to aid with repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway and to bolster state and local recovery efforts following February storms that caused major flooding, levee breeches, the evacuation of residents, power outages and extensive damage to roads and bridges across California.

Governor Brown today also issued an emergency proclamation adding Contra Costa and Solano counties to the 48 other counties included in his March 7, 2017 State of Emergency due to storms in February.

Today’s request follows three other separate Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requests – granted last month and last week – to support the response efforts for the situation at the Oroville Dam, impacts of the early January storm system and impacts of the late January storm system. In addition, Governor Brown has issued emergency declarations … continue reading »

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On The Road With PDA Teams in Contra Costa County

Mar 10, 2017 7:49 pm

Preliminary Damage Assessment teams are scouring counties all over California, trying to tally the cost of damage to public infrastructure during the storms in February.  For the governor to declare a state of emergency, and for a possible presidential disaster proclamation and receive financial help from the federal government, the state must know what reasonable damage and repair cost estimates are. Both state and federal representatives conduct PDA’s. In the video below we shadow one PDA Team in Contra Costa County (we want to thank them for allowing us to tag along, and for their patience with us.)

Once all the data has been compiled by federal teams (FEMA), it’s turned over to Cal OES, which compares it to their own data.  It is important … continue reading »

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