Rumor Control: Claim of Mass Evacuations in Gulf Coast Unfounded
A blog post being circulated and republished online claims a “well-placed source in California” told the writer “the California Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has been briefed by its counterpart agencies in the Gulf coast states that there are plans to conduct a mass evacuation of millions of Gulf coast residents due to the catastrophic environmental and public health effects of the BP oil disaster.”
“This claim is unfounded and false,” according to Kelly Huston, Assistant Secretary at the California Emergency Management Agency (*Cal EMA). “In an effort to ensure accuracy, I have checked with several of our state agencies and nobody is aware of any briefings or official discussions on this topic,” said Huston. Specifically, California Emergency Management Agency has not been briefed by any government emergency management entities or emergency planners regarding alleged plans of a mass evacuation of Gulf coast residents to California.
For more information, contact Cal EMA at (916) 845-8400.
* Cal EMA is the official abbreviation for the California Emergency Management Agency.