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Governor Brown Signs Executive Order to Bolster Cybersecurity

Photo of California Governor Jerry BrownSACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed an executive order to bolster Californias preparedness and response to destructive cyber-attacks, which increase the state’s vulnerability to economic disruption, critical infrastructure damage, privacy violations and identify theft.
The order directs the Governors Office of Emergency Services to establish the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC), which will be responsible for strengthening the state’s cybersecurity strategy and improving inter-agency, cross-sector coordination to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber-attacks. Cal-CSIC will work closely with the California State Threat Assessment System and the U.S Department of Homeland Security and will facilitate more integrated information sharing and communication with local, state and federal agencies, tribal governments, utilities and other service providers, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.
Under the order, Cal-CSIC will also establish a multi-agency Cyber Incident Response Team to serve as the state’s primary unit to lead cyber threat detection, reporting, and response in coordination with public and private entities across the state.
The full text of the executive order is below.

10th Annual California Day of Preparedness

Today more Californians became better prepared. Once again, Historic Old Sacramento played host to the 10th Annual California Day of Preparedness. Those attending the event were able to see demonstrations on how to safely remove victims trapped under heavy objects by Sacramento Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT), a swift water rescue by Sacramento’s County Sheriff’s Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART), as well as an obedience and bite apprehension demonstration from the Placerville County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.

Visitors could also stop by some of the over 60 participant booths and learn about ways to be prepared for various disasters.

PG&E sponsored the event and showed guests the importance of being ready to respond to utilities in emergency situations. One of the more popular attractions was the Quake Cottage. A mobile earthquake simulator, which allows people to experience an 8.0 earthquake.

The California Day of Preparedness coincides with National Preparedness Month which is commemorated every September. Cal OES believes in the importance of being ready and preparing for disasters. Taking precautions can ultimately save lives.

Thank you to all our partners that participated and all those who came out to make this year’s event a huge success.


5 Excuses Why People Don’t Prepare For Disasters

As we prepare for the California Day of Preparedness Event and on the doorstep of National Preparedness Month all across the United States. We began to wonder why anyone would not want be prepared for any kind of disaster. For whatever the reasons, the reality is many people come up with a lot of excuses for not preparing. Below we’ve listed 5 excuses, and we think #3 takes the cake!

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake in the City of Napa

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake in the City of Napa

  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. 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…there may not be a day for you to think about. So just take an hour or two some weekend and put your survival kit together. You can even make it a fun occasion and invite family or friends over to participate.

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

Why not just stop procrastinating and come learn how you can prepare at the California Day of Preparedness this Saturday, August 29th in Old Sacramento. Bring your family, friends, and even you furry loved ones. Not only will it be fun, it will be educational!

Cal OES Booth at Day of Preparedness

Cal OES Booth at Day of Preparedness

For more information about the California Day of Preparedness click HERE.


Governor Brown Expedites Wildfire Recovery in Trinity, Lake Counties

brown portraitGovernor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency order for Lake and Trinity counties to help residents and businesses recover from the damaging effects of wildfires. Already this year, a series of wildfires in those counties has burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed dozens homes and damaged critical infrastructure.

This executive order will expedite the removal of hazardous debris from the impacted areas and will waive fees to replace documents such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates for those affected by the fires. Today’s executive order follows the State of Emergency declaration issued in late July for wildfires across California during one of the hottest and driest summers on record.

Full text of the Executive Order is below (PDF version here):




on July 31, 2015, I proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in California due to wildfires burning throughout the state, including those that were burning in Lake and Trinity counties; and

WHEREAS wildfires have burned thousands of acres of land, destroyed structures, including homes, damaged critical infrastructure, and forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and

WHEREAS the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Rocky Fire burning in Lake County; and

WHEREAS the wildfires have created a substantial amount of ash, burnt vegetation, and debris in Lake and Trinity counties;

WHEREAS this debris is threatening public health and safety, and must be removed and disposed of quickly and properly to ensure that the areas can be reoccupied safely; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8571 of the Government Code, I find that strict compliance with the various statutes and regulations specified in this order would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the wildfires.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, in particular, sections 8625 and 8571 of the California Government Code, do hereby issue this Executive Order, effective immediately.


  1. State statutes, rules, regulations and requirements are hereby suspended to the extent they apply to the following activities: (a) removal, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste and debris resulting from the wildfires that have burned and continue to burn in areas that are subject to the jurisdiction of agencies within the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency; and (b) necessary restoration and rehabilitation of timberland, streams, rivers, and other waterways. Such statutes, rules, regulations and requirements are hereby suspended only to the extent necessary for expediting the removal and cleanup of debris from the fires, and for implementing any restoration plan. Individuals who desire to conduct activities under this suspension of statutes, rules, regulations, and requirements shall first request that the appropriate Agency Secretary, or his delegate, make a determination that the proposed activities are eligible to be conducted under this suspension. The Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency shall use sound discretion in applying this Executive Order to ensure that the suspension serves the purpose of accelerating cleanup and recovery, while at the same time protecting public health and the environment. This order shall apply to, but is not necessarily limited to: solid waste facility permits; waste discharge requirements for storage and disposal; emergency timber harvesting; emergency construction activities; and waste discharge requirements and/or Water Quality Certification for discharges of fill material or pollutants. To the extent it is within their administrative authority, the boards, departments and offices within the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency shall expedite the granting of other authorizations, waivers or permits necessary for the removal, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous debris resulting from the fires, and for other actions necessary for the protection of public health and the environment.
  2. As necessary to assist local governments and for the protection of public health and the environment, state agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and services necessary to quickly remove dangerous debris, repair damaged resources, and restore and protect the impacted watershed. Applicable provisions of the Government Code and the Public Contract Code, including but not limited to travel, advertising, and competitive bidding requirements, are suspended to the extent necessary to address the effects of the fires.
  3. The Office of Emergency Services shall provide local government assistance to Lake and Trinity counties, as appropriate, under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code section 8680 et seq. and California Code of Regulations, Title 19, section 2900 et seq.
  4. Health and Safety Code sections 103525.5 and 103625, and Penal Code section 14251, requiring the imposition of fees, are hereby suspended with regard to any request for copies of certificates of birth, death, marriage, and dissolution of marriage records, by any individual who lost such records as a result of the wildfires. Such copies shall be provided without charge.
  5. Vehicle Code sections 9265(a), 9867, 14901, 14902 and 15255.2, requiring the imposition of fees, are suspended with regard to any request for replacement of a driver’s license, identification card, vehicle registration certificate, or certificate of title, by any individual who lost such records as a result of the wildfires. Such records shall be replaced without charge.
  6. The provisions of Vehicle Code sections 4602 and 5902, requiring the timely registration or transfer of title, are suspended with regard to any registration or transfer of title by any resident of Lake and Trinity counties who are unable to comply with those requirements as a result of the wildfires. The time covered by this suspension shall not be included in calculating any late penalty pursuant to Vehicle Code section 9554.
  7. The provisions of Unemployment Insurance Code section 1253 imposing a one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance applicants are suspended as to all applicants who are unemployed as a direct result of the wildfires, who apply for unemployment insurance benefits during the time period beginning August 27, 2015 and ending on the close of business on February 27, 2015, and who are otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits in California.

This Executive Order is not intended to, and does not, create any rights or benefits, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California, its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this order 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 27th day of August 2015.


Governor of California



Secretary of State

Governor Brown Sends Firefighting Assistance to State of Washington

Wildfires burning in Washington

SACRAMENTO – As thousands of homes and residents are threatened by devastating and deadly wildfires in the state of Washington, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today directed his Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CAL FIRE to send firefighters and equipment north to help battle the flames.

“We understand the devastating impacts of wildfires here in California and our hearts go out to the residents and first responders on the front lines in Washington,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Our mutual aid system is built on the concept of neighbor helping neighbor, and this is another great example of helping our neighbors in a time of dire need,” said Ghilarducci.

Four strike teams of fire engines and personnel (20 fire engines) from local government agencies and CAL FIRE departed northern California on Sunday. They are expected to arrive in Washington sometime early Monday morning.

“The State of Washington came to our aid in 2008 when we had over 2000 fires burning simultaneously in Northern California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “Wildland firefighting is a team endeavor and we will support Washington in their time of need.”

In addition to equipment and personnel from Cal OES and CAL FIRE’s Amador-El Dorado and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Units, the following local government agencies make up the mutual aid contingent headed to the state of Washington: Colma Fire Protection Department, Dixon Fire Protection District, East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department, Modesto City Fire Department, North County Fire Authority (City of Pacifica), San Mateo City Fire Department, Santa Clara County Fire Department, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, Winters Fire Department, West Stanislaus Fire Protection Department, Woodbridge Fire District.

Media Contacts:

Lynne Tolmachoff
(916) 628-3191

Kelly Huston
Cal OES Deputy Director
(916) 607-7657

New Tip Line Will Help Crack Down on Dangerous Drones During Emergencies

If You Fly, We Can't
Californians asked to help expose drone operators who threaten public safety

To protect firefighting and public safety operations in California, state officials have set up a special toll-free tip line for anyone who has information that could help law enforcement investigators locate irresponsible drone operators.

Similar to a crime tip line, those who have information about irresponsible drone operators who have flown close to disasters and emergencies can call 1-844-DRONE11 (1-844-376-6311). This telephone line is not for reporting emergencies. If a drone is being observed flying dangerously at an active disaster or emergency, the public should call 9-1-1.

Advances in technology now afford the public greater access to hobby drones.  As a result, the airspace above some disasters has become more dangerous for firefighters and law enforcement responding to emergencies – in some cases forcing crews to halt aerial emergency operations.

“This new technology is both a blessing and a curse,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Most drone pilots don’t necessarily intend to interfere, but those who do put us all at great risk of a mid-air collision with our first responders.”

More than a dozen hobby drones have interfered with or hampered emergency response efforts thus far in California’s 2015 fire season, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). During the North Fire, which began on July 17 near Interstate 15 in the Baldy Mesa area, a hobby drone halted aerial tanker operations and delayed firefighting efforts.

“Hobby drones pose a very serious threat to our pilots and crews,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “The public and firefighters on the ground are also at risk from the aftermath of a drone strike. When hobby drone operators fly in fire zones, we can’t!” said Pimlott.

Since many people operate unmanned aircraft with little or no aviation experience, the FAA is also promoting voluntary compliance and working to educate hobby drone enthusiast about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws. The FAA has also partnered with industry and the modeling community in a public outreach campaign called “Know Before You Fly.”  The campaign recently reminded hobby drone users to respect wildfire operations. CAL FIRE also produced a video “If You Fly, We Can’t” highlighting the dangers of drones in and around wildfires.

FirstNet State Consultation Meeting

Cal OES Assistant Director of Public Safety Communications Karen Wong welcomed over 200 attendees last week to the FirstNet State Consultation Meeting. The three-day meeting consisted of first responders, law enforcement, emergency management services, public utilities, tribal governments, as well as various city and state agencies from California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Hawaii.

“This meeting is an opportunity to have real interaction with FirstNet, as we move to develop a dedicated public safety network which will serve California and the nation,” said Wong.

Representatives from FirstNet were in Sacramento to engage with the public safety community about our coverage needs and objectives for California’s portion of the national public safety broadband network. Speakers representing the federal, state and local level were on hand to discuss the unique challenges and needs of public safety stakeholders in California.

“We are at a time when we have an opportunity in front of us to change the landscape of our public safety communications,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “This (FirstNet) will allow us to collaborate and create real situational awareness, with that information we can make timely and critical decisions more than ever before.”

FirstNet is a wireless network dedicated to public safety that will allow first responders to have access to data on their mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers in their vehicles to respond to incidents. It will provide greater situational awareness during incidents and the ability to share critical information between first responders, which will ultimately save lives and keep responders safe.

“Every law enforcement person and first responder should have the same technology that every thirteen year old has in their hand today,” said FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis. “This will change the way emergency management services operates.”

Attendees at the FirstNet State Consultation Meeting

Attendees at the FirstNet State Consultation Meeting

For additional information about FirstNet click HERE.



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