Cal OES Expands Prepositioning of Firefighting and Rescue Resources, Personnel as Tropical Storm Kay Raises Flood Concerns


In advance of potential flash flooding from heavy rainfall and/or mud flows in burn scar areas resulting from Tropical Storm Kay, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically prepositioned augmentation resources for rapid lifesaving response and support in Imperial, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties including the following:

5 Cal OES Swiftwater/Flood Rescue teams from the Oakland Fire Department, Menlo Park Fire District, Orange County Fire Authority, and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

2 Regional Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces with Water Rescue Capability from the Ventura County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Pasadena Fire Department

20 California National Guard High Water Trucks and Personnel with Support Equipment for performing evacuations

2 California National Guard UH60 Rescue Helicopters and 1 Orange County Fire Authority Rescue/Fire Helicopter

3 California Conservation Corps (CCC) Crews to support flood emergency response efforts

16 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Maintenance Station Crews to support emergency response with various equipment (loaders, graders, backhoes, and plow trucks) and safety and mitigation materials including a stockpile of sandbags, cones, barricades, flood signs, and light pods

1 Dozer Crew from the Orange County Fire Authority

2 Cal OES Logistics Support Units with Humanitarian Relief Supplies including water, food, shelter, generators, comfort kits, cots, and other support supplies

6 Cal OES Tactical Communications Caches to ensure the availability of cellular and satellite services as well as 911 System Support in advance of possible outages

These emergency response assets will remain positioned throughout the duration of the significant weather event.

The Cal OES Warning Center and State Operations Center will monitor conditions and be ready for further resource requests as necessary.

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