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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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Preliminary Damage Assessments Ongoing After Three Months of Winter Storms Damage


Mar 7, 2017 1:02 pm

So, you may have seen references to PDA’s but aren’t sure what they are. In the world of emergency management, it’s the abbreviation for Preliminary Damage Assessments (c’mon, you know everything in government must have an abbreviation or acronym.) That’s exactly what’s happening right now in areas around the state that have suffered damage from the winter storms that began in December 2016, and continued to kick California around through February; and they may not be over just yet.

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.

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Agency Work Rages On in Butte County and Around NorCal


Mar 3, 2017 7:11 pm

A lot of work triggered by storms two to three weeks ago rages on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Agencies, public and private, and their contractors have many irons in the fire in Butte County to make repairs to the Oroville Dam spillways, dredge the diversion pools, get the power plant back online and keep the community there and downstream safe.

At the Oroville Dam, DWR is maintaining a zero-flow on the controlled spillway. Without water releases, crews have been able to get into the area below the spillway and remove roughly 168,000 cubic yards of material from the diversion pool as of 8 a.m. Friday.  Construction crews continue to remove debris both on land and on any one of five barges. … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to January Storms


Feb 10, 2017 8:11 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state to bolster ongoing state and local recovery efforts following January storms that caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, power outages and damage to critical infrastructure across California.

Governor Brown also issued an executive order today that adds the counties of Amador, Mono and Riverside to the 49 counties already included in the emergency proclamation issued last month due to January storms. The order also authorizes state funding through the California Disaster Assistance Act for 34 counties impacted by the storms and directs the California Department of Transportation to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program for Amador and Riverside counties.

The Governor’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to January storms can … continue reading »


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Radiation Ready and Zealous with Zika in SLO


Nov 22, 2016 10:05 am
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Episode 20 was recorded on the road in San Luis Obispo during the 2016 Ingestion Pathway Exercises, a multi-day testing of state and local counties by FEMA for nuclear incidents at Diablo Canyon. We talk with Dr. Penny Borenstein, the Health Officer for the County of San Luis Obispo.  She talks about how her health department and others might get involved in nuclear incidents immediately following a radiation breach. She also talks about other hot topics in SLO such as antibiotic resistance, secondary hospital-based infections, Zika virus, Valley Fever, drought, and West Nile virus.

SLO Nuke IPXIn her position, Dr. Borenstein has been a staunch advocate for advancing the public’s health through disease control programs, health education, access to health care, and policy development. One of her first initiatives was a departmental reorganization which resulted in formation of two new divisions – Health Promotion and Health Care Services. The Health Promotion Division created a unified focus on population-based prevention. Staffed primarily at the outset with a small number of health educators and nutritionists working in Tobacco Control, WIC and Childhood Obesity Prevention, the unit now also has programs in Oral Health and Injury Prevention. The division also works extensively on community health improvement through a range of policy initiatives aimed at food systems, climate change, the built environment, and air quality.

Prior to moving to California in 2008, she held several public health leadership positions in the Mid-Atlantic region, and was the founder and Executive Director of Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc., a non- profit agency devoted to assuring access to health care services for low income persons and special populations. A native New Yorker, Dr. Borenstein received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. She received her pediatrics training at the University of Connecticut in Hartford and a Master’s Degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

 

Links

http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/health/publichealth.htm

https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/how-the-system-works/diablo-canyon-power-plant/diablo-canyon-power-plant.page

https://www.cdc.gov/zika/

http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/about/antibiotic-resistance-faqs.html

 

 


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