Tag: Jerry Brown

Tribute to Cal OES HQ Building Namesake Unveiled


Jun 5, 2015 10:08 am
Bill Campbell Tribute Plaque Unveiled

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci, unveiled a new plaque honoring Senator William P. “Bill” Campbell.

Campbell passed away on March 22, 2015 at the age of 79.

The unveiling took place at the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento, on Thursday.

Bill served more than 20 years in the California Legislature as an Assemblyman and a Senator. As Senator, he served as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee, Minority Leader of the Senate, and leader in emergency preparedness, which led to the State Office of Emergency Services named “Senator Bill Campbell Building.”

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Oil by Rail Report Highlights Need for Sustainable Funding and Close Coordination to Protect Public Safety


Jun 10, 2014 2:32 pm

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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 »


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State, Federal Agencies Discuss Strategic Planning, Assistance for Worst Drought in CA History


Jan 30, 2014 11:44 am
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State and Federal agencies held a coordination meeting on Jan. 30, 2014 to discuss current and future impacts of the statewide drought, as well as what these agencies could provide in assistance.

Snowpack measurements are no longer measured in feet, but centimeters. The ‘wet season’ in California is nearly over and many areas have set records for the longest periods without any seasonal rainfall. A number of communities have even been put on notice that their drinking water supplies are critically low. Facing the worst drought in state history, today, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services called a state and federal coordination meeting in a long line of actions … continue reading »


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Rim Fire Winter Update – Road to Recovery


Dec 20, 2013 12:58 pm
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Cal OES’s Bob Lawson walks dozens of emergency managers and public works employees in Tuolumne County through the application process for reimbursement of recovery projects attached to this year’s massive Rim Fire.

Today, dozens of emergency managers and public assistance specialists from Tuolumne County, the state and federal government met today to discuss the application process for reimbursement of projects involved with recovery from the massive Rim Fire.

This public assistance briefing is in response to the Federal Major Disaster Declaration by President Barack Obama on Dec. 13. The declaration occurred after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appealed … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Secures Federal Disaster Declaration for Rim Fire Following Appeal


Dec 13, 2013 4:47 pm

Photo of California Governor Jerry BrownSACRAMENTO, Calif. – After California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appealed a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that denied California a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the Rim Fire, state officials were notified today that his request was reconsidered and the President has approved federal disaster assistance for Tuolumne County.

“This is welcome news for those impacted by this devastating wildfire, and I’m thankful for FEMA’s careful reconsideration of the Governor’s request,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.  “Even though the fire is out, the impacts to the local economy, environment and region haven’t gone away.  We look forward to FEMA’s assistance in the important recovery … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Appeals Denial of Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Rim Fire


Dec 3, 2013 3:00 pm

brown portraitSACRAMENTO – In a letter sent last night to President Barack Obama, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. renewed the state’s call for federal assistance due to the impacts of the Rim Fire, appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) previous denial of a major disaster declaration.

“The Rim Fire ultimately burned 402 square miles over a period of 69 days, encompassing more than 257,314 acres; causing significant impacts to the State and to the affected local jurisdictions of such severity and magnitude that recovery efforts remain beyond our capabilities,” said Governor Brown in the letter. “In the aftermath of the fire, the State and its communities face infrastructure damage, significant negative economic impact, as well as complex and multifaceted environmental … continue reading »


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