Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.
If you are not sure whether your property or business is at risk from a disaster caused natural hazards, be sure to check the MyHazards website.
Testing and Exercises
As the cost of disasters continue to rise, it is necessary to take sustained action to reduce or eliminae long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. Securing the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards, especially during sharing from an earthquake or from an explosion is critical in protecting yourself.
Part of your preparedness plan would be identifying items that could create hazards and identifying measures to secure them safely. The links below provide more information on planning and protection.
On June 23, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promulgated the 2009 edition of the State of California Emergency Plan. The plan outlines a state-level strategy to support local government efforts during a large-scale emergency. In accordance with the California Emergency Services Act, the State Emergency Plan describes:
Read more about the systems employed during emergencies state and nationwide.
Cal OES Grant Management section administers federal and state funds for criminal justice, emergency management, victim services, and homeland security programs. We also develop and manage grant programs that provide services through government agencies, nonprofit, community and faith based organizations.
These grants enable, improve and enhance effective prevention, detection, victim services, and response and recovery efforts.
The State of California has actively worked to provide enhanced 9-1-1 services to Californians for nearly thirty years. The people of our state continue to benefit from the foundation upon which California's 9-1-1 system has been built and administered. California has successfully implemented and supported various emerging technologies to include wireless 9-1-1 call delivery, as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) 9-1-1.While the existing 9-1-1 network and system remains a success story, it has been stretched to its limit because of relentless technology advances. The Public Safety Communications Branch at Cal OES is tasked to support the exciting new technologies with a new, state-of-the-art 9-1-1 network for California-a network that will allow the pinpointing of callers based on geographic coordinates, and a network that will champion exciting new ways of delivering information to emergency responders including texting, instant messaging, picture and video delivery. Click on the links below for more information.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Program
The Governor's Office of Emergency Services' Training Division provides support to the First Responder community of California by providing training referrals, the coordinated delivery of training and training materials, partnerships with federal, state and local training providers. The Training Division will ensure the most comprehensive access to training courses which enhance the capability to accomplish the critical mission areas of Prevent, Protect, Respond, Mitigate and Recover in support of the California statewide training strategy. If you are interested in any of the trainings offered, you may contact the Cal OES Training branch Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 916-845-8752.