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No Excuses! Take Time to Prepare!

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:01

Recent events due to Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma bring to mind the need for all of us to be prepared. While it is unlikely that a devastating hurricane will ever strike the Golden State, California faces the threat of other natural disasters. Past events have shown that earthquakes, wildfires, and flooding can have devastating effects on life and property in our communities.

Cal OES recognizes the importance of Californians being ready and better prepared for the next disaster. “The actions we take today to be better prepared can determine how quickly we recover or even survive when disaster strikes,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. Even Governor Brown understands the importance of being prepared, who has declared September “National Preparedness Month.” You can view the entire proclamation HERE.

With the types of disasters that threaten our state, one might wonder why anyone would not want be prepared. However, for whatever the reasons, the reality is many people come up with a lot of excuses for not preparing. Below are just some of the excuses people have used that when looked at more closely may cause one to rethink.

  1. I don’t live near a fault line where most earthquakes happen.

While California and earthquakes are usually paired together, California is prone to other natural disasters such as floods, landslides, wildfires, and an occasional tornado. So preparing for these disasters is just as important. And I bet you have at least one loved one that does live near one of the many of fault lines on the West Coast!

  1. My homeowners insurance will cover anything that’s damaged.

Homeowners’ insurance policies usually do not cover events like floods or earthquakes. They are separate specific policies that must be purchased. Besides it is the first 24 to 48 hours one should prepare for and it may take time for insurance companies to respond.

  1. The government will take care of me.

We all saw what happened with the Hurricane Katrina disaster and what is occurring now with Hurricane Harvey. In some cases, it could take the government days or maybe even weeks to arrive to assist victims. Agencies such as FEMA, the American Red Cross, and others may be able to provide some essential supplies to victims, but then they may have difficulty getting those supplies to the victims.

  1. I cannot afford to prepare a kit.

Keep an eye out for some events where organizations are giving away first aid kits. This is a great way to start preparing and gradually increase your supplies in small steps. Some cans of food, some water, batteries, etc. You’ll be how fast you survival kit grows.

  1. I’m just too busy thinking about today, to worry about tomorrow.

Well, if you don’t take the time to think about what may happen tomorrow and prepare, sadly there may not be a day for you to think about. So take just an hour or two and put your survival kit together. You can even make it a fun occasion and invite family or friends over to participate.

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California Sends Additional Urban Search and Rescue Teams to Support Hurricane Irma Response

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 19:11

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has approved the additional deployment of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force 3 (CA-TF3) and Task Force 8 (CA-TF8) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to aid the response to Hurricane Irma.

During the deployment, California personnel will use their highly-developed skills to assist emergency operations in and around the hardest hit areas of the state, conducting search and rescue operations.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Flo., has issued a Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys. Governor Rick Scott has also declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Irma.

CA-TF3 consists of 80 personnel from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and CA-TF8 consists of 80 personnel from the San Diego City Fire Rescue Department. Both Task Forces recently returned to California from Hurricane Harvey and will be joining the Hurricane Irma response efforts.

These teams are two of eight State/Federal US&R Task Forces in California that is a highly-specialized search and rescue unit that can perform in heavy reinforced masonry structures, handle heavy rigging, specialized search functions and operate in swiftwater/flood environments. Earlier today, California sent CA-TF1 (Los Angeles Fire Department), CA-TF4 (Oakland Fire Department) and members of a US&R Incident Support Team to assist with the response to Hurricane Irma.

Since 1992, California-based US&R Task Forces have been deployed to a long list of state, national, and international disasters including the 1992 Hurricane Iniki, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, 2001 World Trade Center and Pentagon Terrorist Attacks, 2004 Hurricane Charlie, 2004 Hurricane Frances, 2004 Hurricane Ivan, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Hurricane Rita, 2007 Hurricane Gustav, 2007 Hurricane Ike, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 2011 Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand, 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

Cal OES continues to monitor operations for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and requests for assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) process from the Southern United States region. 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.

For more information, follow these links: Cal OES Special OperationsCal OES Urban Search & Rescue Task ForcesEMACFlorida Division of Emergency Management and Cal OES newsroom.

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Madera, Mariposa and Tulare Counties Due to Fires

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 18:31

California Governor Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Madera, Mariposa and Tulare counties due to the effects of the Railroad, Pier, Mission and Peak fires, which have burned thousands of acres, threatened homes and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

The full text of the proclamation is below or on the Governor’s website here – https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19943

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on August 29, 2017, the Railroad Fire started in Madera County and rapidly spread into Mariposa County, and the Pier Fire started in Tulare County; and

WHEREAS on September 3, 2017, the Mission Fire began burning in Madera County, and the Peak Fire started in Mariposa County; and

WHEREAS these fires have burned thousands of acres, destroyed structures and continue to threaten homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and

WHEREAS these fires are threatening critical infrastructure and have forced the closure of roadways; and

WHEREAS extreme weather conditions and high temperatures have further increased the risk of fires; and

WHEREAS the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Federal Fire Management Assistance Grants for the Railroad, Pier, and Mission Fires to assist with the costs associated with fighting these fires; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of these fires by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exists in Madera, Mariposa, and Tulare Counties due to these fires.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in Madera, Mariposa, and Tulare Counties.

I HEREBY ORDER that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all residents are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this Proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 7th day of September 2017.

_____________________________

EDMUND G. BROWN JR.

Governor of California

ATTEST:

_____________________________

ALEX PADILLA

California Sends Urban Search and Rescue Teams to Support Hurricane Irma Response

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:52

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has approved the deployment of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force 1 (CA-TF1) and Task Force 4 (CA-TF4) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to aid the response to Hurricane Irma.

During the deployment, California personnel will use their highly-developed skills to assist emergency operations in and around the hardest hit areas of the state, conducting search and rescue operations.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Flo., has issued a Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys. Governor Rick Scott has also declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Irma.

CA-TF1consists of 80 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department and CA-TF4 consists of 80 personnel from the Oakland Fire Department. Both Task Forces are en route from their previous assignment conducting flood search & rescue operations for Hurricane Harvey to a Hurricane Irma federal staging location in Alabama.

These teams are two of eight State/Federal US&R Task Forces in California that is a highly-specialized search and rescue unit that can perform in heavy reinforced masonry structures, handle heavy rigging, specialized search functions and operate in swiftwater/flood environments. This deployment also includes a US&R Incident Support Team to assist with coordination and operations of the US&R Task Forces that have been activated nationwide for Irma thus far.

Since 1992, California-based US&R Task Forces have been deployed to a long list of state, national, and even international disasters including the 1992 Hurricane Iniki, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricane Katrina and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

Cal OES continues to monitor operations for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and requests for assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) process from the Southern United States region. 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.

For more information, follow these links: Cal OES Special OperationsCal OES Urban Search & Rescue Task ForcesEMACFlorida Division of Emergency Management and Cal OES newsroom.

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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Pier Fire in Tulare County

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:05

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Pier Fire Map 9/5/17. Courtesy InciWeb Pier Fire Incident Page.

The fire has already burned approximately 20,500 acres, threatening lives and property near the area of Springville. Cal OES is working with multiple response agencies to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and aircraft.

More than 1,400 personnel have been mobilized to assist with the wildfire activity. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident alongside the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.

The federal grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

Additional information is available at:
Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/public-assistance/fire-management-assistance-grant 
Pier Fire Information page – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5548/ 
Cal OES Twitter – @Cal_OES
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/ 

 

Photo: USFS Alicia Embrey 

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