Tag: Planning and Preparedness

Going Nuclear with Cal OES’s Radiological Preparedness Unit


May 9, 2017 8:30 am
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In this episode (28) we talk with Bill Potter, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He’s been with Cal OES for 15 years, all with the Radiological Preparedness Unit as lead for the Nuclear Power Plant program.

In 1979, following the accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, the California State Legislature mandated that the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), together with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and affected counties, investigate the consequences of a serious nuclear power plant accident. Based on site-specific studies in 1980, Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) around the plant sites were established in detail and integrated plans were developed. Legislation mandating the NPP program has been continuous since 1979, enacted as Government Code and Health and Safety Code sections, called the Radiation Protection Act.

Bill Potter Instructs Diablo Canyon Ingestion Pathway Exercise Participants

​The Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Program covers emergency planning issues related to the State’s one operating nuclear power plant – Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP). The NPP program also continues coordination with one decommissioning nuclear power plant – San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and two retired nuclear power plants – Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant and Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station. The NPP program works with federal, state, local and utility officials in emergency planning, training and exercises to test emergency readiness. Together, through these combined preparedness efforts, the State of California provides reasonable assurance that appropriate measures can be taken to protect the health and safety of the public in the event of a radiological emergency at a nuclear power plant.

Bill Potter Boarding the USS Scranton SSN-756, San Diego, April 2017

Prior to coming joining Cal OES Potter spent 20 years in the US Air Force attached to many units including AFTAC, Nuclear Detection, Collection, and Analysis. He was a seismic systems maintenance technician, Airborne Scientific Laboratory Technician (SEO), DLI Arabic Language grad, and RSO at McClellan Central Lab.

Links

Cal OES NPP Program

Diablo Canyon Power Plant


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Traveling for Thanksgiving? You’re Not Alone


Nov 21, 2016 6:23 pm

According to AAA, more Californians will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving holiday than in the past 9 years. So, you should expect our roads to be extremely busy and congested.

With all those cars, the CHP reminded us today that there will be extra officers on the highways, the importance of wearing seat belts, avoid speeding and not to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol or when sleepy.

“Buckling up is simple and the most important safety measure you can take to protect yourself in a collision,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Seat belts save lives and prevent injuries. Do not put your own life at risk, or the life of your family or friends.  Buckle up.”

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Cal OES, FEMA Exercise North Coast Earthquake and Tsunami Response Plan


May 15, 2014 4:04 pm

SACRAMENTO – Officials from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other state, federal, non-governmental and public sector partners participated in the statewide Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami exercise Wednesday to test and evaluate the response plan for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that would catastrophically impact California’s North Coast.

The functional exercise began 48 hours after a simulated magnitude-9.0 earthquake that ruptured the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault line from Cape Mendocino in California, to Vancouver Island in the Northwest affecting several North Coast and Bay Area counties. As part of the drill, Cal OES activated the State Operations Center (SOC) in its Mather Headquarters and deployed emergency management experts to county operational area emergency centers to support exercise operations there.

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