Cal­i­for­nia Day Of Pre­pared­ness

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

The Cal­i­for­nia Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Emer­gency Ser­vices (Cal OES) is host­ing the 12th an­nual Cal­i­for­nia Day of Pre­pared­ness on Satur­day, Aug. 26. The day en­cour­ages Cal­i­for­ni­ans to take steps to pre­pare for emer­gen­cies or dis­as­ters in their homes, busi­nesses, schools and com­mu­ni­ties. This free, fam­ily-friendly event is pow­ered by Pa­cific Gas and Elec­tric Com­pany (PG&E).

This year’s theme, “Sur­viv­ing the Wild West,” refers to Old Sacra­mento be­ing the com­mer­cial cen­ter of the Cal­i­for­nia Gold Rush, as 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.

This year’s record­break­ing storms, de­struc­tive wild­fires and the con­stant threat of a ma­jor earth­quake in Cal­i­for­nia re­minds us of the im­por­tance of emer­gency pre­pared­ness. Although Cal­i­for­ni­ans are seem­ingly ac­cus­tomed to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, it is crit­i­cal to stay pre­pared and in­formed. This event pro­vides Cal OES and its part­ners with an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide the public with in­for­ma­tion that could help re­duce their risk, as well as kick off Na­tional Pre­pared­ness Month.

The spe­cial cer­e­mony will be­gin at 10 a.m. on the Main Stage in Old Sacra­mento im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by live demon­stra­tions. Speak­ers will in­clude lead­er­ship from Cal OES, PG&E and 9-1-1 for Kids. A 9-1-1 He­roes Awards Cer­e­mony and spe­cial recog­ni­tion of the Butte County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will also take place.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Sacra­mento State Historic Park.

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