NEWS: Media Briefing On Extreme Heat Event, State Readiness


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With a dangerous and widespread extreme heat event expected to impact much of California and the southwestern United States this week, state officials will hold a briefing for members of the media on current forecasts and efforts underway to protect Californians.

The heat event which will begin Friday and will build through Monday will “rival some of the worst heat waves this area has ever seen” according to the National Weather Service.

California is expected to move into Phase II of its Extreme Temperature Response Plan today, which calls for increased coordination among state agencies and local partners. Excessive heat watches and warnings are in effect across the southern half of the state, with additional watches, warnings, and advisories possible farther north, including the San Joaquin Valley.

If you wish to attend the zoom briefing, please register here. For those unable to attend, a recording will be distributed following the briefing. Additional briefings may be held throughout the week to keep media apprised of important updates.

What:  Media Briefing on Extreme Heat Event

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 1 p.m.


  • Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
  • Amanda Hanson, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
  • Tomas Aragon, Director, California Department of Public Health
  • Jeff Killip, Chief, Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety & Health
  • Yumi Sera, Executive Director, Office of Community Partnerships & Strategic Communications
  • Courtney Carpenter, National Weather Service

Where:  Media Briefing via Zoom

Media briefing open to credentialed media only. Registration for the webinar is required (click here to register). Once registered, the link to join the media briefing will be emailed to you. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and American Sign Language will be available.

UPDATE: To access recordings of the briefing visit the links below:

English Recording

Spanish Recording