State - CA (California)

3 Consejos Para Estar Preparados

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 20:08

Hemos visto recientemente en varios partes del país lo fuerte que puede ser la madre naturaleza. California tiene varios riesgos tal como temblores, incendios forestales, tormentas fuertes y no sabemos cuándo ocurrirá el próximo desastre. Por eso es importante tomar medidas para prepararnos antes de que un desastre ocurra. Aquí están tres pasos para prepararse:

Identifique Sus Riesgos.

Cuáles son los riesgos peligros donde usted vive o trabaja? Cal OES MyHazards te ayuda a descubrir los riesgos en su área. Visite a MyHazards, aquí:


Haga Un Plan de Emergencia.

Es importante planificar con anticipación porque puede ser que no estés junto con su familia cuando un desastre ocurre. Información sobre lo que un plan de emergencia debe tener, aquí:


Prepare Un Kit De Emergencia.

Es buen idea tener un kit de emergencia en su casa y su coche. Un kit de emergencia debe tener artículos como agua potable, comida enlatados, linterna, botiquín de primeros auxilios, y mas! Aquí esta más información sobre lo que un kit de emergencia debe contener:


Para más información y recursos, visite a:

Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Gobernardor de California (Cal OES) 

Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA)

Sneak Peak at the next Inside Look: CERT Joins Urban Shield

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:48

Urban Shield has grown into a comprehensive, full-scale regional preparedness exercise assessing the overall Bay Area UASI Region’s response capabilities related to multi-discipline planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment and training. Urban Shield continues to test regional integrated systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery in our high-threat, high-density urban area. The exercise evaluates our existing level of preparedness and capabilities, identifying not only what we do well, but areas in need of improvement. The previous years’ After Action Reports are referenced and used to assist in prioritizing upcoming expenditures possible for the region so we may become more prepared for any type of critical event or incident in our area.

For the first time, The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program will be training alongside other first res-ponders at urban Shield. CERT trains community members in basic disaster response skills, such as small fire suppression, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Watch for a Cal OES Inside Look at CERT exercising at Urban Shield coming Thursday, September 14th. Here’s a preview.


Urban Shield

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Cal Volunteers & CERT

Northern Region Lightning Incident () Started 9/13/2017, updated 9/13/2017

State - California - CALFIRE - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:58
Over the past 24 hours approximately 2,056 strikes have been recorded with the Northern Region resulting in 71 new fires.

California Swiftly Answers Requests For Hurricane Response

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:12

As two separate hurricanes battered the states of Texas and Florida just days apart, trained California personnel was strategically positioned to answer a request for assistance if needed. Within hours, members of the Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces (US&R) and Swiftwater/Flood Rescue were deployed to aid in the response of both hurricanes.

Requests for swiftwater teams through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) came via the State to State Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), while deployment of US&R teams came at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).




Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25 on the Gulf Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm due to a drop in wind speeds and storm intensity. Meanwhile, life-threatening and devastating flooding along the Texas coast extended for days after the storm had passed due to heavy rainfall and storm surge. Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 30 Texas counties in anticipation of Harvey making landfall.

Harvey set a new rainfall record with more than 51 inches in the Cedar Bayou gauge near Highlands, Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record for rainfall in the continental U.S. was 48 inches, also in Texas, during Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978.

In response to Harvey, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. approved the deployment of eight Urban Search and Rescue teams: CA-Task Force 5 (Orange County Fire Authority), CA-TF1 (Los Angeles City Fire Department), CA-TF4 (Oakland City Fire Department), CA-TF8 (San Diego City Fire Department), CA-TF2 (Los Angeles County Fire Department), CA-TF3 (Menlo Park Fire Department), CA-TF6 (City of Riverside Fire Department) and CA-TF7 (Sacramento City Fire Department). Two additional Swiftwater/Flood Rescue teams from Long Beach City Fire Department and Ventura County Fire Department were both deployed on August 31.

In addition to Urban Search and Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue assets, California deployed the 129th Para Rescue Unit and RC26 Ariel Reconnaissance Aircraft from the National Guard; two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams; and an EMAC/Incident Support Team Specialist.



In Florida, Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever form in the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of residents were evacuated in advance of landfall, with a Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch issued for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys. Governor Rick Scott also declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties in anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Irma.

Governor Brown approved the deployment of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force 1 (CA-TF1) Los Angeles Fire Department and Task Force 4 (CA-TF4) Oakland Fire Department. Additionally, the deployments of Task Force 3 (CA-TF3) Menlo Park Fire Protection District and Task Force 8 (CA-TF8) San Diego City Fire Rescue Department were deployed after having recently returned to California from Hurricane Harvey before repositioning to assist in the response efforts of Hurricane Irma.

All four US&R teams consist of 80 personnel.



The Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces are highly-specialized search and rescue units that can perform in heavy reinforced masonry structures, handle heavy rigging, specialized search functions and operate in swiftwater/flood environments.

California’s Swiftwater/Flood Rescue teams are each comprised of 14 local fire department-based personnel and a command element with specialized capabilities such as inflatable rescue boat handling, flood search methodology, night search operations, mud and debris flow rescue, and specialized tools for locating and rescuing people trapped by flood waters.



EMAC, which includes the participation of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a nationally recognized mutual-aid system that provides the foundation for states to request and send resources across their borders when impacted by a disaster.


Additional resources:



National Weather Service



California’s Homeland Security Advisor Releases Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:58

SACRAMENTO – Today marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and on United Airlines Flight 93. This anniversary has significant meaning for the United States, as well as for California. Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and homeland security advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., has issued the following statement:

With this year’s somber anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and United Airlines Flight 93, these events are benchmark moments in our nation’s history.  It’s a reminder that the natural world’s hazards are not the only threats we face and the mission to keep our country, our state and our communities secure continues.

Today, while we honor and reflect on those who so senselessly lost their lives, those who were living their ordinary lives, but who reacted with extraordinary heroism, those emergency responders and recovery workers that sacrificed so much and all of those whose lives have been forever changed on this tragic day 16 years ago, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism continues to be a factor in our daily lives, around the world and right here in California, as we witnessed as recently as December 2015 in San Bernardino with a terrorist attack consisting of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, along with our partners at state, local, tribal and federal public safety agencies, and partners in private sector have been tasked with keeping California secure and remaining at the forefront of security, emergency readiness and planning.  It is essential that this important task, also be taken seriously at home, as it requires all Californians in a unified effort to keep our communities safe and secure.

California has trained and outfitted thousands of public safety personnel for counterterrorism, including the establishment of the State Threat Assessment System and the California Cybersecurity Integration Center.  As the years move on from 2001, we strive to improve intelligence sharing and build awareness to detect, deter and prevent acts of terrorism to safeguard all our communities.

I ask all Californians to help us in this mission, by actively being informed, getting engaged and remaining as vigilant as ever.  If you see something suspicious, say something about it by calling 9-1-1 or inform your local police department.  Empower yourself, your family and your friends with the confidence of being prepared and having a family plan.



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