Multi-Hazard Disaster Outreach, Awareness, and Education
This proposal supports outreach efforts targeted at educating other agencies, government officials, community leaders, and the general public on the risks associated with flooding, flood after fire, and dam safety in California. The need to communicate dam safety topics, including the understanding of inundation maps, has become increasingly important. California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will lead the efforts at communicating California's flood and other related risks.
Initiatives under the project may include:
- Watershed University
- California Flood Preparedness Week
- High Water Mark sign initiatives
- Events at children's museums and science centers, and county, state and local fairs
- Other flood and emergency preparedness events.
A new effort under this project proposal may be to increase assistance provided to local jurisdictions to better understand FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) and how they can raise their rating.
Emergency Response Functional Exercise
This proposal will build upon an earlier (2017) table top exercise which featured the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), DWR's Flood Operations Center teams, the National Weather Service, and other partners. This proposal will address communication challenges identified during recent high water events. The outcome of the functional exercise will strengthen the emergency response communication and coordination, particularly using CAP real-time data and photos during a large scale regional disaster to aid the immediate decision-making for the emergency response effort.