Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Falavolito on a podcast that he hosts on behalf of the Keystone Emergency Management Association, a professional group for EM’s in Pennsylvania. We discuss California’s ongoing response and recovery efforts, recent earthquakes and their impacts, what still needs to be done to improve preparedness and a little bit about how I got into the field and what a ‘day in the life’ is like at CalOES. Enjoy!
Unfortunately we have become all too accustomed to this sight in California over the past two summers and autumns. At CalOES, we have been in nearly constant response and recovery modes during these seasons of both 2017 and 2018. Connecting counties with state and federal resources becomes our role during these major presidentially declared disasters, so I wanted to put together a quick guide for some of the most pertinent things to consider during the aftermath of a big disaster in your jurisdiction.
While there is so much more to say on this topic, and so many more details that can be shared on best practices, I wanted to get something out there in the emergency management community to start the conversation. Along with my previous CalOES colleague Randy Styner, I chose to publish this article in the June 2019 IAEM bulletin. This brief article reflects experiences we had in recovery for the Thomas, Hill / Woolsey, Holy, Canyon 2, and Redwood Valley Fires. We hope you find this to be a useful starting point in planning for the response to recovery transition.