By Teresa Young
PG&E and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) are proud to present the 12th annual California Day of Preparedness in historic Old Sacramento on Saturday (Aug. 26), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The free, family-friendly event kicks off National Preparedness Month, held annually in September. The theme of the event is “Surviving the Wild West.”
Dozens of state and local agencies, first responders and other community organizations will offer a variety of preparedness information and activities. There will be safety, emergency response and search-and-rescue demonstrations — on both land and water. And like any good summer outdoor event in California, visitors will find music and food, too.
“Our public and private partners have always played a critical role in emergency response,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “We’re especially thankful for the robust public-private partnerships we’ve developed to improve our disaster response and recovery capabilities throughout California.”
“At PG&E, we plan, prepare and practice to safely respond to emergencies and major disasters throughout the year,” said PG&E’s Gregg Lemler, vice president of Electric Transmission Operations. “The safety of the communities we serve is our top priority, and we urge you also to be safe and be prepared. We are pleased to once again sponsor Cal OES’ California Day of Preparedness and to partner with many state and local agencies and first responders, because being prepared and ready to respond whenever and wherever is critical.”
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness through a variety of disaster readiness activities:
- Experience a simulated 8.0 magnitude earthquake
- Tour several PG&E emergency response vehicles, such as the Mobile Command Vehicle, Picarro gas detection and 811 Locate and Mark vehicles
- Interact with gas, electric and power generation hydro safety demonstration displays
- Hear from PG&E geoscience, public safety and emergency preparedness experts
- Learn energy saving tools and participate in a raffle for a chance to win an emergency kit from PG&E
This year’s California Day of Preparedness participants include: Cal OES, PG&E, American Red Cross, CAL Fire, California Conservation Corps, California National Guard, California Utilities Emergency Association, Caltrans, Emergency Medical Services Authority, Girl Scouts of America, Home Depot, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, Sacramento DART, Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team, Sacramento Fire Department, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, and others.
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