emergency preparedness

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Right now, California is experiencing devastating wildfires, which have displaced thousands from their homes. Orange County is no stranger to wildfires and other emergencies. The local Red Cross responds to hundreds of disasters each year, making sure those affected have a safe place to stay, food to eat and tools …continue reading

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Last week, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and acting U.S. Fire Administrator Chief Tonya Hoover, traveled to Idaho, Oregon and California to meet with federal, state and tribal officials for discussions on wildfire preparedness, response and mitigation efforts. “We spent our time out West connecting directly with state and tribal leaders …continue reading

Seal of the Governor and photo of Gavin Newsom courtesy of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

At McClellan Air Force Base today, Governor Gavin Newsom highlighted the recent addition of six CAL FIRE HAWK helicopters to CAL FIRE’s fleet and discussed his proposed $2 billion investment in combating wildfires and emergency preparedness – the largest in California history. “Climate change has created a new wildfire reality …continue reading

In observance of the 13th annual Great California ShakeOut event, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today reminded customers about the importance of emergency preparedness. Natural disasters such as earthquakes can happen at any moment, almost always without warning… SoCalGas encourages customers to be aware of their surroundings after an earthquake …continue reading

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The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced today the launch of a public awareness campaign to educate all California residents about California’s innovative earthquake warning system — Earthquake Warning California. The campaign, “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard,” directs Californians to no-cost tools, resources, and information, including the …continue reading

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Legislation introduced by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) last year to protect emergency preparedness at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has helped ratify an agreementthis week among stakeholders. The ratified agreement means that Senator Bates’ bill is no longer necessary. Southern California Edison and five local government …continue reading

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The Assembly Governmental Organization Committee has approved Senate Bill 465 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would ensure local governments continue to receive funding for offsite emergency response planning, training, and exercises related to the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The bill will head next to the …continue reading

Northwest Orange County residents have an opportunity to register for a new emergency preparedness training class hosted by West Orange County CERT.

Experienced emergency preparedness volunteers from Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach & Westminster have joined police, fire and medical first responders to ensure the best CERT ACADEMY to date. Starting July 12, 2019 at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, this 20-hour, two Friday evenings and …continue reading