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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) doesn’t have a lot of authority over natural gas storage wells, but could the CPUC could (or is it considering) expanding its oversight of storage facilities, in light of SB 1371 and the Porter Ranch leak?The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) doesn’t have a lot of authority over natural gas storage wells, but could the CPUC could (or is it considering) expanding its oversight of storage facilities, in light of SB 1371 and the Porter Ranch leak?<p>​The CPUC does not have operational and safety jurisdiction over the injection/withdrawal wells at natural gas storage facilities. However, the CPUC has regulatory, safety, and operational authority over SoCalGas and gas pipelines. The intention of SB 1371 and subsequent CPUC proceedings was to consider methane emissions from gas pipelines. The assigned Commissioner and Administrative Law Judge will consider any requests for expansion of scope through the standard proceeding procedure. In addition, the CPUC could exercise its regulatory authority over gas storage fields to reduce methane emissions pursuant to Public Utilities (PU) Code Section 451 and AB 32 – after the CPUC determines the breadth of this issue and identifies possible solutions. The CPUC has required SoCalGas to hire an interdependent third-party to conduct a root cause analysis to determine the reason for the leak. After this analysis is completed, the CPUC will use the information to inform future actions.​</p>
Where should I park?Where should I park?<p>​Two-hour metered street parking is available throughout Old Sacramento from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.<br>Two paid public parking garages are available:<br></p><ul><li><a href="https://goo.gl/maps/4oMLDoe2uhs" target="_blank" title="Map of Old Sacramento Parking Garage">Old Sacramento Garage</a>, entrance on I Street between 3rd and 2nd.<br></li><li><a href="https://goo.gl/maps/onmwrQTgxt12" target="_blank" title="Map of Tower Bridge Parking Garage">Tower Bridge Garage​</a>, entrance on Capitol Blvd at Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.<br></li></ul><p></p>
Is there handicapped parking available?Is there handicapped parking available?<p>​There are designated handicapped parking spaces available throughout Old Sacramento and at surrounding parking lots.<br></p>
What should I bring?What should I bring?<p>The event is family and pet friendly. ​Limited seating will be available. Chairs and blankets are allowed into the event. Sunscreen and weather appropriate clothing is recommended.<br></p>
May I bring my pet along?May I bring my pet along?<p>​Animals are permitted.​</p>
Are there bathrooms?Are there bathrooms?<p>​Yes. Bathrooms are accessible inside the Passenger Station near the J Street entrance to the event, situated between the food trucks.<br></p>
How many stages for demonstrations?How many stages for demonstrations?<p>​There will be two stages – Main and River. The Main Stage will be located near the grass area adjacent to the Railroad Museum, while the River Stage will be in the Sacramento River near the Discovery Museum. Demonstrations will occur every 10-15 minutes on either the Main Stage or River Stage throughout the duration of the event.<br></p>
Which organizations are participating?Which organizations are participating?<p>​There will be approximately 40 organizations attending this year’s event, including: ​</p><p>911 for Kids<br>Alhambra<br>American Red ​Cross<br>Boy Scouts of America<br>​CAL FIRE​​<br>California Conservation Corps<br>California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation<br>California Division of Boating and Waterways​<br>California Geological Survey​<br>California National Guard​<br>California Utilities Emergency Association​<br>Caltrans - California Department of Transportation<br>EMSA - Emergency Medical Services Authority<br>FEMA Region IX​<br>Girl Scouts of America<br>Home Depot<br>KNCI<br>National Weather Service​​<br>NOAA<br>PG&E<br>Ready America<br>Raley's<br>River Cats<br>Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District​<br>Sacramento CERT - Community Emergency Response Team<br>Sacramento County DART​<br>Sacramento Fire Department<br>Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District<br>Sacramento Zoo<br>​Team Rubicon<br>Western States Seismic Policy Council<br>Yocha-D​ehe Fire Department<br>100.5 NOW<br>105.1 KNCI<br><br></p>
Will there be food at the event?Will there be food at the event?<p>​In addition to eateries in Old Sacramento, there will be four food trucks – Cousins Maine Lobster,  Buckhorn Grill, La Mex Taqueria, and Smokin' Hot Pizza – and a dessert truck – shaved ice from Kona Ice.<br></p>
Are there any special events?Are there any special events?<p>​Yes. At noon, there will be a ceremony on the Main Stage with multiple speakers and a special dedication. ​</p>
Is there a Media contact?Is there a Media contact?<p>Please email ​​media@caloes.ca.gov and one of our information officers will contact you.</p>
What authority does the CPUC currently have and could it take on more oversight of storage facilities?What authority does the CPUC currently have and could it take on more oversight of storage facilities?<p>​The CPUC grants operating permits – Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity – to natural gas storage providers pursuant to PU Code Section 1001. One of the CPUC’s primary jurisdictional responsibilities with respect to gas storage fields is to ensure there is enough storage in California to meet demand. See PU Code Section 3368. SoCalGas and PG&E are rate regulated utilities, so the CPUC has authority over the recovery of costs of the utilities for operating the gas storage facilities that they own, like Aliso Canyon. The CPUC also has authority to ensure that SoCalGas’s actions in response to the leak are reasonable.<br></p>
Is it possible or practical to close down the Aliso Canyon storage facility? Is it possible or practical to close down the Aliso Canyon storage facility? <p>​The CPUC has been working diligently with the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to support DOGGR’s efforts to shut down the leaking well. It is not clear at this time that shutting down the facility would abate the leak. It is also not clear what the ramifications for gas reliability and electricity prices would be from a sudden shut down of the facility.​</p>
What impact would a shutdown have on consumers?What impact would a shutdown have on consumers?<p>​The CPUC is analyzing this issue, in conjunction with other agencies including DOGGR, the California Energy Commission, and the California Air Resources Board. At this time, it is not clear what the magnitude of the impact would be. Due to the size of the storage facility, the CPUC is concerned about the cost and reliability impacts of a sudden shutdown.<br></p>
How did “Surviving the Wild West” theme come about for Preparedness Day? How did “Surviving the Wild West” theme come about for Preparedness Day? <p>​For the past couple of years, Cal OES has chosen <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=497">Old Sacramento State Historic Park​</a> as the location for the annual kick-off to September’s <a href="https://www.ready.gov/september">National Preparedness Month​</a> activities. Old Sacramento sits at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers. The commercial center of the California Gold Rush, it became a crossroads of transportation, connected by steamboats to San Francisco, by supply roads to mining regions, and to Folsom by the first railroad in the West. Despite floods, fires, and epidemics, Sacramento became California’s capital in 1854. California is also considered one of the most diverse states when it comes to “wild” natural disasters – wildfires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and even volcanoes. So we combined the theme of the “Old West” of the 1800’s, the historical significance of Old Sacramento as a National Historic Landmark, and highlighted the challenge of “surviving” the myriad of wild disasters in California.</p>
What is the date and time of the event?What is the date and time of the event?<p>​Saturday, August 26, 2017 10 a.m.-2 p.m.​<br></p>
What is the location of the event?What is the location of the event?<p>​​<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/nnTPhNnPPYo" target="_blank" title="Google Map of Old Sacramento Location">Old Sacramento​</a> (Located on the 1849 Scene near the Railroad Museum and Discovery Museum, which is framed by I Street and J Street).<br></p>
Do I need a ticket, or is there a cost for the event?Do I need a ticket, or is there a cost for the event?<p>​No ticket is needed. Admission is free. However, there is a cost associated with parking in Old Sacramento.<br>​</p>
How do I get to the event?How do I get to the event?<p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">​From Interstate 5 Northbound (toward Redding):</span><br>Take the J Street off-ramp, go forward two blocks and turn left on 5th Street, turn left on I Street one block ahead and stay in the left lanes to reach the vehicle entrance to Old Sacramento at 2nd Street and I Street.<br><span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">From the Downtown Grid:</span><br>Take I Street and stay in the left lanes to reach the vehicle entrance to Old Sacramento at 2nd Street and I Street. Or take Captiol Mall Blvd and turn right at Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.<br>​</p>
What if I forget my user name or password for Cal EOC login?What if I forget my user name or password for Cal EOC login?<p>​Your user name is your work email address. If you forget your password for CalEOC you will need to contact your ‘Super User’ so they can reset your password for you. You can determine the appropriate ‘Super User’ to contact by access the Super User list below.</p>
Why does it sometimes say “Session Expired” when I log on? Why does it sometimes say “Session Expired” when I log on? <p>​That is another security feature of the system. Even if you’ve logged out correctly, the system requires that you close out the entire browser as well before logging on again. If you have closed all browsers and continue to receive the error message please contact the IT Service Desk @ 916-845-8311.</p>
I’m sure I’m entering a correct password and it won’t let me in? I’m on the CalEOC (blue and light grey) screenI’m sure I’m entering a correct password and it won’t let me in? I’m on the CalEOC (blue and light grey) screen<p>Have you changed the password from the original temporary password? Try that. If nothing works, you will have to ask a ‘Super User’ to reset the password for you. They will give you another temporary password and you will be required to change it upon logging in the next time. You can determine the appropriate ‘Super User’ to contact by accessing the Super User list below.</p>
Why don’t I see any information on the Activity Log?Why don’t I see any information on the Activity Log?<p>You must go to Significant Events to find any ‘shared entries’ of the Activity Log. Activity Log entries are restricted to the  ‘position’ that created the entry. However entries of importance can be routed to ‘Significant Events’ within an EOC environment. </p>
What is the difference between the Activated Situation Report (editing) (published) and (working)?What is the difference between the Activated Situation Report (editing) (published) and (working)?<p>"Editing" is limited to specific positions (e.g., Sit/Stat Unit) who work on it. </p><p>"Working" is where users input data for inclusion in the Sit Rep. </p><p>"Published" is the read-only, official version that is approved for a specific operational period. </p>
Can I adjust the format of a printed report?Can I adjust the format of a printed report?<p>​Yes. Right click on the screen you want to print and choose Print Preview. </p><p>On the print preview screen, change ‘As laid out on screen’ to ‘All frames individually’. Then click on Page Setup.</p><p>On Page Setup, Print Background Colors and Images and Enable Shrink to Fit are checked. Set the three header boxes to Empty and two of the three footer boxes to Empty. You can choose which of the three footers to print the Page # of Total Pages (left, center or right justified). You may also want to select Landscape rather than portrait depending on the report. Then select Ok. </p><p>Now you can click the Print button in the top left corner. This should give you a fairly good print without using the standard ‘print button’ on the screen or the PDF generator. </p>
Who currently has access to Cal EOC?Who currently has access to Cal EOC?<ul><li>​All Cal OES Personell</li><li>Staff from each of the 58 county emergency management agencies</li><li>California State Agencies with emergency response roles, including the CNG</li><li>Federal emergency management partners</li><li>Private sector and non-profit partners who have signed MOUs with Cal OES</li></ul>
Will the other agencies like cities and special districts have access to Cal EOC?Will the other agencies like cities and special districts have access to Cal EOC?<p>​Additional user groups have been added as a future scope consideration.</p>
How do I join Cal OES ArcGIS Online Group?How do I join Cal OES ArcGIS Online Group?<p>​​Joining ArcGIS is easy!  Make sure you have an <a title="Link to ArcGIS" href="https://www.arcgis.com/home/" target="_blank">ArcGIS Online for Organizations</a> account, then contact <a href="mailto:gis@caloes.ca.gov">gis@caloes.ca.gov</a></p>
What is GIS?What is GIS?<p>​<a title="ESRI GIS Information" href="http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis/" target="_blank">http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis/</a></p>
How can I use GIS for Emergency Management?How can I use GIS for Emergency Management?<p>​<a title="ESRI for Emergency Management" href="http://www.esri.com/industries/emergency-management" target="_blank">http://www.esri.com/industries/emergency-management</a></p>
What is the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)?What is the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)?<p>​SEMS is the system required by Government Code Section 8607 (a) for managing emergencies involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.  SEMS consists of five organizational levels which are activated as necessary: field response, local government, operational area, regional, and state.  </p><p>SEMS incorporates the functions and principles of the Incident Command System (ICS), the Master Mutual Aid Agreement (MMAA), existing mutual aid systems, the operational area concept, and multi-agency or inter-agency coordination.</p><p>Local governments must use SEMS to be eligible for funding of their response-related personnel costs under state disaster assistance programs.</p>
What is an EAP and why is it important?What is an EAP and why is it important?<p>​An EAP is a written document that identifies potential emergency conditions at a dam and specifies preplanned actions to help minimize property damage and loss of life should those conditions occur.<br> <br>EAPs contain procedures and information that instruct dam owners to issue early warning and notification messages to downstream emergency management authorities. The document must also contain inundation map(s) demonstrating critical areas for evacuation-related actions. Additionally, EAPs:<br> <br>· Provide assistance and guidance to local jurisdictions on their emergency planning for dam failure events; and<br>· Aid local, state, and federal agencies with activities to ensure effective dam incident emergency response procedures and planning. </p>
Who is required to have an EAP?Who is required to have an EAP?<p>​Sections 6160 and 6161 of the California Water Code and Government Code Section 8589.5 require owners of state regulated dams to submit EAPs to Cal OES and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD), unless the dam has been classified as low hazard by DSOD.</p>
What are dam hazard classifications?What are dam hazard classifications?<p>​The downstream hazard classifications are based solely on potential downstream impacts to life and property should the dam fail when operating with a full reservoir. These classifications are not related to the condition of the dam or its appurtenant structures. The definitions for downstream hazard classifications are based on the Federal Guidelines for Inundation Mapping of Flood Risks Associated with Dam Incidents and Failures (FEMA P-946, July 2013). FEMA categorizes the downstream hazard potential into three categories in increasing severity: Low, Significant, and High. DSOD adds a fourth category of “Extremely High” to identify dams that may impact highly populated areas or critical infrastructure, or have short evacuation warning times.</p>
What are the requirements if my dam is co-regulated by FERC?What are the requirements if my dam is co-regulated by FERC?<p>​An owner of a dam that is jointly regulated by the state and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shall prepare an EAP in accordance with FERC guidelines.</p>
What is the purpose of DMA 2000 and how does it impact local Governments?What is the purpose of DMA 2000 and how does it impact local Governments?<p>​DMA 2000 places new emphasis on local mitigation planning. DMA 2000 requires local governments to develop and submit mitigation plans for FEMA approval as a condition of receiving Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project grants or Pre-Disaster Mitigation projects grants (PDM). </p>
How often is a dam owner required to maintain, update, and revise an EAP?How often is a dam owner required to maintain, update, and revise an EAP?<p>​Dam owners shall update their EAP, including inundation map(s), at least every ten (10) years. Updates are also required when there is:<br>· a significant modification to the dam or a critical appurtenant structure, as determined by DSOD;<br>· a significant change to downstream development that involves people and property.</p>
Are there any other statutory requirements for jurisdictional dam owners?Are there any other statutory requirements for jurisdictional dam owners?<p>​Yes. At least once annually, the dam owner shall conduct an EAP notification or tabletop exercise with local public safety agencies.<br> <br>Please see the <a title="This is a link to the Division of Safety of Dams webpage" href="https://www.water.ca.gov/Programs/All-Programs/Division-of-Safety-of-Dams" target="_blank">DSOD webpage</a> for statutory requirements related to inundation mapping.</p>
When is my EAP due?When is my EAP due?<p>​Deadlines for dam EAP submissions are:<br>· On or before January 1, 2018, if the hazard classification is extremely high.<br>· On or before January 1, 2019, if the hazard classification is high.<br>· On or before January 1, 2021, if the hazard classification is significant.</p>
Where should I submit my EAP?Where should I submit my EAP?<p>​Per legislation, the development of an EAP should be based on and include an inundation map approved by DSOD. After development, dam owners must submit the EAP to both Cal OES and DSOD. Please submit the Cal OES copy of the EAP to the Dam Safety Division, to:<br>  <br>Jose Lara, Chief<br>Dam Safety Planning Division<br>3650 Schriever Avenue<br>Mather, CA 95655<br> <br>At this time, Cal OES requests that dam owners submit one paper copy of the EAP and one digital copy (email, cd, or thumb drive).</p>
How should I develop my EAP?How should I develop my EAP?<p>​California statute requires that EAPs be developed in accordance with FEMA’s Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety: Emergency Action Planning for Dams. Government Code Section 8589.5 also requires that the EAP must include at a minimum:<br>· Notification flowcharts and contact information<br>· The response process<br>· The roles and responsibilities of the dam owner and impacted jurisdictions following an incident involving the dam<br>· Preparedness activities and exercise schedules<br>· Inundation maps approved by DWR<br>· Any additional information that may impact life or property<br> <br>As needed, Cal OES will develop additional tools and information to aid in the EAP process. <br> <br>California law also requires that EAPs be developed in consultation with any local public safety agency that may be impacted by an incident involving the dam, to the extent a local agency wishes to consult. This process/outreach needs to be documented within the EAP.</p>
When does the 60 day review period begin?When does the 60 day review period begin?<p>​The 60 day review period begins when the Cal OES Dam Safety Planning Division receives the EAP with the approved inundation map included. If an EAP is submitted to<br> Cal OES without an approved inundation map, the review period will begin when the Dam Safety Planning Division receives the letter from DSOD that the applicable inundation map has been approved. </p>
I currently have an EAP. Can that be re-submitted for approval under the new requirements?I currently have an EAP. Can that be re-submitted for approval under the new requirements?<p>​If a dam owner has an existing EAP as of March 1, 2017, the owner can submit the inundation map within that plan to DSOD for approval. DSOD will review and may approve the inundation map if it is deemed sufficient. If DSOD approves the map, the dam owner may submit the EAP to Cal OES for review. </p>
What is the local hazard mitigation planning process?What is the local hazard mitigation planning process?<p>​The local Hazard Mitigation Planning process analyzes a community's risk from natural hazards, coordinates available resources, and implements actions to reduce or eliminate risks. A local mitigation plan should be prepared before a disaster to guide risk reduction activities before an event; it should also be reviewed, and amended regularly, so as not to overlook opportunities for vulnerability reduction (mitigation). </p>
What laws govern the hazard mitigation planning process?What laws govern the hazard mitigation planning process?<p>​The local hazard mitigation planning process is described in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) which amended the Stafford Act's requirements regarding eligibility to receive certain mitigation grant funding. The regulations containing requirements for a local hazard mitigation plan can be found in 44 Code of Federal Regulations 201.6. </p>
What is EDIS?What is EDIS?<p>The Emergency Digital Information Service is a statewide alerting system that was developed soon after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake to supplement the National Emergency Alert System (EAS). EDIS allows authorized emergency managers to transmit detailed information to news media outlets to include streamed audio and pictures. The system integrates seamlessly into various communication systems throughout the state and was the first to be CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) compliant. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) maintains EDIS and provides this service without charge to local, state and federal agencies serving in California.</p>

 

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