Across the country, communities will come together on Saturday, May 6th for National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risk. This event encourages everyone to plan or participate in an activity in their community that promotes reducing risk and raising awareness when it comes to wildfire.
Preparing for wildfire with your family and community is a great idea in a state like California that has had more than its fair share of wildfires. A resource and ideas page has been developed by the National Fire Protection Association for National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day – just click here.
The risk of wildfire in California is real and steps can be taken all year long to prepare. California is regularly reminded of the powerful destruction of wildfires. In recent history, California has been scorched by large … continue reading »
This is Episode 27 and today’s is Earthquake Early Warning Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness and Prevention, Tina Curry talks about Earthquake Early Warning. As the Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness and Prevention, Tina Curry oversees the Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami program.
The Cal OES Planning and Preparedness Branch develops and maintains state-level emergency plans and guidance that engage the whole community by using an all-hazards planning process that represents the actual stakeholders from the community, both local and state government leaders, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.
This branch also includes the Earthquake Early Warning Division and Tina explains in this episode the benefits EEW will bring to the state. She also describes where we are in the process of having a functional system, how much it will cost, and how warnings will be delivered to the public.
Cal OES is always looking for ways to get our important messages out, to as many people. So that’s why in 2013 we teamed up with FEMA to enlist a couple of celebrities who have their own special way of communicating. Take a look at the video for both a cute and rockin’ ways we got our earthquake preparedness messages out in a campaign called Beat the Quake!
California es tierra de terremotos. Con los terremotos en California y en otras partes del mundo, se presenta riesgo de tsunami. Si un tsunami llega a la costa de California, que harías? Si las condiciones presentan riesgo de tsunami a la costa de California, manténgase a salvo y aléjese de las olas. Conocer como preparar para un tsunami y como reaccionar si uno llega es especialmente importante para los que viven o trabajan cerca de la costa. También es importante para las personas que visiten a la costa.
Video educativo: ¡Manténgase a salvo y aléjese de las olas!
Sabes cuales son los riesgos y peligros en la area en donde vives o trabajes? Visite al sitio de MyHazards para determinar cuales son sus riesgos.
Take a long, hard look at the photos in this story. These were posted on social media by two people on the scene of flash flooding that devastated the El Capitan State Beach campground in Santa Barbara County on January 20th. Santa Barbara Fire officials say nearly two dozen people had to be rescued, and luckily no one was killed. KTLA reported that rescues began before 10:30 a.m., when mud, tree branches and debris clogged a creek at El Capitan State Beach and caused runoff to overflow the park’s campground, according to Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason. The flooding inundated tents, yurts and campground buildings and caused a number of cabins and parked cars to float away and eventually become pinned in a pile of debris, according to Eliason.
In this, the 23rd, episode we sit down with Luis “Vance” Taylor, who is the Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He is a person who has not let his limited mobility slow him down in his personal or professional worlds. You will find out how his determination, experience and mom’s words of wisdom has helped him excel in the world of emergency management.
As chief of the OAFN Vance is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access and functional needs are identified before, during and after a disaster and then integrated within the state’s emergency management systems.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vance was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy as a child and uses a power chair. He has worked in Washington, D.C. as an advisor for two different members of Congress, directed security policy at a national association and been a principal at a top-ranked homeland security and emergency management consulting firm, Catalyst Partners, LLC. Vance is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Vance has a Master’s degree in homeland security from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in communications. He is married to his sweetheart, Casey, and they have two beautiful daughters, Isabelle and Sammy. Vance and his family live in Rancho Cordova, CA.
Despite a very wet October and November, California continues to remain in severe drought conditions over much of the state. Therefore, we all need to keep our focus set on conservation. And let’s not forget that wildfire season is really year-round now. As of this posting there are two active fires burning (more info).
So, today we look back at the Cedar Fire, a wildfire that broke out in San Diego County in October of 2003 and burned into November, with full containment coming on November 4th.
By the time it was all said and done, the blaze burned more than 280,000 acres, destroyed 2, 820 buildings which includes 2,232 homes, and killed 15 people. According to CalFIRE the … continue reading »