Thousands Learn How To Be Prepared For Next Disaster

Today, thousands of Californians are now better prepared for the next disaster. With historic Old Sacramento as the backdrop, the 12th annual California Day of Preparedness invited the community to learn about emergency preparedness, mixed with endless fun and a chance for attendees to meet first responders and climb inside emergency vehicles.

The one-day event featured more than 40 state and local agencies, public safety departments and non-profit organizations, and also showcased interactive activities, the opportunity to meet real-life heroes, and view live demonstrations. Visitors also had the opportunity to ride inside an earthquake mobile simulator, as well as dabble in food trucks and face painting.

In a special ceremony, local youth and emergency dispatchers were honored for heroic efforts related to a specific incident, as was the Butte County Sheriff’s Office for its role in the evacuation of thousands of residents during the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident.

The California Day of Preparedness unofficially kicks off National Preparedness Month, which is recognized annually in September. Cal OES urges all Californians to be prepared for a disaster because in California, it is a matter of when – not if – a disaster will strike.


Check back for photos and a video recap of the event.

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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