Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Vivian Blain, Safety Officer


Over the past several years, the state has experienced an unprecedented number of emergencies and disasters. As these climate-driven natural disasters become more severe in California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) staff has met each new challenge head-on.


The nearly 2,000 staff at Cal OES have responded to increasingly complex disasters in fresh and innovative ways, strengthening the foundation of emergency management to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.


This week, Cal OES welcomes you to learn more about Vivian Blain, the Safety Officer. Her duties include establishing and updating safety-related policies that are helpful to staff and other agencies.


“Everyone needs safety, usually in a subconscious manner,” Blain said. “It allows us to relax, grow and thrive safety in a workplace is vital to keep employees happy, productive and engaged.”


She believes safety programs need to be people-driven, engaging with people through conversation and honest caring. Safety cannot be covered by one person, but one person can make a difference by speaking up.


Vivian went to the University of Montana Western. Has a degree in Environmental Science and Communication.