As the New Year begins, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) encourages customers to make emergency preparedness not only a resolution but one that comes with an action plan. Simple steps like preparing an emergency supply kit and making an emergency communication plan for the family can help keep loved ones connected and ready for a natural disaster. Recent catastrophic events around the world serve as a reminder that first responders may not be able to respond quickly to everyone who needs help during times of crisis. Services that we have come so accustomed to expect —such as water and power—may not be available. Those are just a few reasons why personal preparedness is so important. "Families are much safer and prepared during an emergency when they've established an action plan," said Barry Anderson, PG&E's vice president of emergency preparedness and response. "Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to understand how you will get to a safe place, how to contact one another, and how to safely react in a variety of emergency situations." A wealth of safety and readiness information, including tips on how to build a disaster supply kit and an emergency communication plan for your family, is available through PG&E's website, at www.pge.com/safety/preparedness/ and through the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.ready.gov. PG&E also provides the following important safety tips to keep customers safe during an electric or gas emergency: • Never go near downed power lines. If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. • If you smell or hear escaping gas, get everyone outside to a safe location away from the building and upwind where you can no longer smell natural gas. Once outside, use your phone to call 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. • If you suspect a gas leak, do not use electrical switches, appliances or telephones because sparks can ignite gas from broken lines. • Do not check for a gas leak with a match or an open flame. • Always store flammable material safely away from ignition sources like water heaters, furnaces and stoves. • Know when and how to turn off electricity, water and gas at the main switch and valves. • Evaluate your home for safety; including ensuring your home can withstand a serious earthquake or other emergency.
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“Words can’t express it. You don’t know what’s going on outside. You don’t know what’s happening to your roof. Are your cars OK?” Hurricane Irma hits especially close to home for Evermary Hickey, PG&E’s director of emergency preparedness and response. She rode out the storm in her family’s Florida house, while keeping a close on the more than 120 PG&E personnel deployed to help Florida Power & Light (FPL) with customer restoration. “We’re no different than police officers or fire,” Hickey said when asked about PG&E’s role in an emergency or natural disaster. “We are just as important to bringing a community back to normalcy as anyone else.” Before joining PG&E, Hickey spent more than three decades working for FPL. The PG&E line workers, equipment operators, supervisors and support personnel arrived on Sept. 8, in advance of Irma’s Florida landfall. Hickey had this message for her colleagues: “God bless them. Getting here early allowed them to get their boots on the ground quicker and the ability to do that can shave a day two days off a restoration effort, and if you are sitting at the tail end of the restoration, those two days mean a lot.” Hickey’s house is still standing — and she’ll remain with crews in Florida until FPL no longer needs the helping hand. “I’m proud to be with this team here,” she said. “Every day we’re going to check to make sure we are safe, because we are coming home the same way we came, safe and as a team.”
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PG&E is testing its emergency response to a simulated major earthquake in the Bay Area. Hundreds of employees are participating in the two-day drill. The utility routinely practices its response to catastrophic events throughout its service area. PG&E carves out areas within the disaster zone, and sets up base camps. For this exercise, about 120 employees are staffing the base camp at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. In a real life disaster, there could be as many as five base camps. “It’s part of our restoration strategy,” says Barry Anderson, PG&E’s vice president of emergency preparedness and response. “If you think about it, it’s divide and conquer. With all the damage we have we can’t effectively restore or secure the system with our normal operating sites.” Here in Pleasanton, PG&E tests its ability to assess damage, prioritize power restoration, and respond to electric and gas emergencies. As part of the drill, PG&E invites state and local first responders to evaluate its response, and help make any improvements. “This is the third time I’ve had the opportunity to come out and watch PG&E in action,” says Matt Streck, a captain with Cal Fire and a drill evaluator. “Every time, they’re getting better. It’s great to be around people who have customer service as their base corporate culture.” The event also allows PG&E to test its processes and procedures, and new technology. The damage assessment team is trying out iPhone technology to relay information from the field, to create work orders for repairs, making it faster and more accurate that paper reporting. And PG&E’s IT team built a mobile 85-foot communications tower to help increase IT bandwidth. “We have enough bandwidth here for over 200 users,” Anderson says. “We’re printing maps, free flowing and the IT systems are up. That’s a big game changer.” All of this is an effort to keep the public and customers safe during a disaster, and get the power back on safely and as quickly as possible after a disaster strikes. Lessons learned are incorporated into PG&E’s emergency management plan.
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PG&E recently hosted representatives and first responders from public safety organizations across Sonoma County for a “meeting of the minds” on emergency response. An annual event, the Sonoma Public Safety Liaison meeting is designed to improve coordination and communication between PG&E and local first responders. “The liaison meeting is to work with our government agencies — police, fire and other local agencies in the area, so that when an emergency incident does occur, we already have a relationship with them,” said Frank Fraone, public safety specialist in PG&E’s Peninsula and San Francisco divisions. During the event, held at the Santa Rosa Fire Tower Training Center, the group was able to view response equipment that could be requested during an emergency. Equipment on display included mobile command vehicles, vacuum trucks, and mobile sleeping trailers and technology trailers. The day also included two emergency demonstrations conducted by PG&E gas and electric linemen. In the electric demonstration, a PG&E lineman climbed a 45-foot utility pole to “rescue” a 200-pound mannequin, meant to represent an unconscious PG&E employee. In the gas demonstration, a gas lineman equipped in a full fire suit showed how to safely “squeeze” or shut off a gas line. Mike Wink, a Cal Fire battalion chief based in Middletown (Lake County), talked about the invaluable nature of the collaboration and communication between PG&E and first responders. He talked about his agency’s work with PG&E during the Valley Fire and the “all hands on deck” approach during an emergency. “PG&E was even helping with hazards that had nothing to do with them,” Wink said. “They were really there for the community. Not only to help with their infrastructure, but to make sure they were safe. They were coming by for days after, going through the community, going house to house making sure that no one had any unforeseen problems.” Attendees described the meeting as a success. “I think the feedback today was very positive,” said Jim Wickham, PG&E senior public safety specialist. “The purpose of the liaison meeting is to really make sure, together, we’re working within our communities to make them safer.”
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This horn is SO courteous my car was granted Canadian citizenship yesterday. FREE Audio Book- http://bit.ly/AudibleMarkRober A review of all the books I've listened to recently: http://bit.ly/MarksAudioBooks Check out Bob's video: https://youtu.be/smhMLsP5fsM My buddy Howard does this for a living: https://www.yelp.com/biz/caracoustics-santa-clara Links to the stuff I used (not sponsored): Sound board: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q3U42DM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Buttons: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0144DKLW0/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Amp: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IMRXPFY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 PA Speaker: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002KO63X2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 12V to 5V: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U2DGKOK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Train Horn (not my exact version but this will work well): https://www.amazon.com/Wolo-847-858-Siberian-Express-Train/dp/B01DDCSOPE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1497644803&sr=8-4&keywords=wolo+train+horn http://wolo-mfg.com/horns/truck-horns/model-805-challenger.html Less expensive version: https://www.amazon.com/Zone-Tech-Dual-Trumpet-Horn/dp/B00W81EAE6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1497473330&sr=8-2&keywords=truck+horn ***LINKS FIXED*** Courtesy Honk WAV file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/joob9j13g1dgasc/CourtesyHonk.wav?dl=0 R2D2 WAV file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/233yzjket8pyuya/R2D2.wav?dl=0 MUSIC- 0:27- Ceral Killa- Blue Wednesday - https://soundcloud.com/bluewednesday/ 2:18- Berlin- Andrew Applepie- http://andrewapplepie.com/ 3:20- Dance- Danijel Zambo- https://soundcloud.com/danijel-zambo 4:38- Special song written just fo my bad self- Lincoln Hoppe, http://lincolnhoppe.com/ 5:33- Too Happy to be cool by Notebreak- https://soundcloud.com/notebreak/dubstep-too-happy-to-be-cool Summary: I customized my car horn to play three different sounds. The main sound is the "Courtesy Honk" which is used to get the attention of other drivers in a non-emergency scenario. It's two quick chirps of the horn that is not only friendly sounding, but it's not as loud as a normal car horn. PLEASE CONSIDER SUBSCRIBING: http://tinyurl.com/MarkRober-Sub **************************************** I make videos like this once a month all year long while supplies last: CHECK OUT MY CHANNEL: http://tinyurl.com/MarkRober-YouTube FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MarkRoberYouTube TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/MarkRober INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/markrober/
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Here's a pretty spooky clip - transferred from an RCA Quad cart (for playing on model TCR-100 cart machines) loaded with 2" videotape. A Fuzzy Personal Note: "I grew up at the height of the 2nd great nuclear war scare period (the first being the Cuban Missile Crisis of course), having been chilled to the bone from seeing movies like “The Day After” in 1983 when I was nine years old. So this clip was very fascinating to me, and seems to be a glimpse at what we might have seen on TV had the unthinkable occurred." This cart was donated by Rick Garofalo, a long-time employee of WGN-TV, before retiring a couple of years ago. In this video clip ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry_I6sU-xik&t=4m2s ), you can see Rick on his last day at work (2/6/15) chatting with the WGN Morning News team and showing off the very cart where this clip was extracted from. Here's some close-up pictures of the cart ( https://www.facebook.com/pg/FuzzyMemories.TV/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154878851520336 ), including a sticker on the inside that gives a date of 4/22/85. (The "J.E.W initials on the sticker stand for James E. Walters, a longtime engineer at WGN-TV who retired a few years ago) Thanks also to our longtime Fuzzy Contributor Extraordinaire Mr. Chris Tufts, for donating the funds to get this cartridge transferred to digital. Thanks to commentator David Wilson for this background information - "For those of you with familiarity with this script, you'll recognize the "White Card" information being read. It's also known as SS-1, an Emergency Action Notification (EAN-1) without the Attack Warning Message. If there had been an attack warning, such as an incoming nuclear strike, the Emergency Action Notification (EAN-2) was to read the dreaded "Red Card." The text of that script will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, especially if you lived through the Cold War like I did." Boy, it sure would be neat to find the Red card message from one of our local stations. :-) Voiceover by Floyd Brown. "We interrupt our program at the request of the White House, this is the Emergency Broadcast System. All normal broadcasting has been discontinued during this emergency. This is Station WGN Television. This station will continue to broadcast, furnishing news, official information and instruction, as soon as possible, for the northeast section of Illinois. If you are not in the northeast section of Illinois, tune to a station furnishing information for your area. I repeat. We interrupt our program at the request of the White House, this is the Emergency Broadcast System. All normal broadcasting has been discontinued during this (spoken as 'the') emergency. This station will continue to broadcast, furnishing news, official information and instruction (spoken as 'instructions'), as soon as possible, for the northeast section of Illinois. If you are not in the northeast section of Illinois, tune to a station furnishing information for your area. Do not use your telephone. The telephone lines should be kept open for official use. The Emergency Broadcast System has been activated to keep you informed. To repeat. This is Station WGN Television. This station will broadcast news, official information and instruction for the Northeast section of Illinois. If you are in northeast section of Illinois, keep tuned to this station for further emergency information. It is important that you listen carefully to announcements only on the station broadcasting information for your area." We can probably be thankful this didn't air, but if it did, it very well could have been on Monday, April 22nd 1985. (a.k.a., the date the world ended in Alternate Universe #4702-AA-23-QZ808) About The Museum of Classic Chicago Television: The Museum of Classic Chicago Television's primary mission is the preservation and display of off-air, early home videotape recordings (70s and early 80s, primarily) recorded off of any and all Chicago TV channels; footage which would likely be lost if not sought out and preserved digitally. Even though (mostly) short clips are displayed here, we preserve the entire broadcasts in our archives - the complete programs with breaks (or however much is present on the tape), for historical purposes. For information on how to help in our mission, to donate or lend tapes to be converted to DVD, and to view more of the 4,700+ (and counting) video clips available for viewing in our online archive, please visit us at: http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?contentload=donate
At a community college, a construction crew heard a sudden, loud whooshing sound. The crew called 911 and then contacted PG&E whose emergency responders quickly arrived. Firefighters followed to make sure the public was safe. And police kept bystanders away. If this had been an actual emergency — in this case a large natural gas leak caused by a construction dig-in — the response ideally would look a lot like this. At San Jose's Evergreen Valley College, PG&E recently collaborated with a construction company and the city's fire and police departments to stage an emergency response to a major gas leak. That loud noise actually was compressed air used to simulate what would happen if a machine like this punctured a natural gas pipeline while digging during a construction job. "Coordinating and collaborating at an incident is the most effective way to respond," said PG&E emergency preparedness coordinator Bill O'Callahan. "And so us working together, having the opportunity to work with a contractor, having an opportunity for us to work with police and fire is great practice should we have a real event." The scenario is taken from an actual dig-in that closed a portion of a busy Fresno street earlier this year. [Click to see a Currents video where a contractor talks about the importance of calling 811.] Fire officials say drills like these are vitally important for their agencies and for public safety. "It's very important and the reason being is when we show up on scene and your crew shows up on scene we have that familiarity," San Jose Fire Capt. Cleo Doss said. "When we come out and work together prior to the incident, it's like, hey I know his face. I've seen him before. And things run a lot smoother." The exercise is part of PG&E's larger effort to make its gas operations the safest in the utility industry. PG&E already has organized similar simulations in the Sacramento area, in Shasta County and in Hinkley. And more are planned this fall, including Stockton, Sonoma, Fresno and Cupertino. PG&E reminds that a scenario like this is avoidable. The utility urges anyone planning a project that involves digging to call 811 two business days prior. The free service from USA North 811 lets construction crews and homeowners know what's underground. "We call USA on every job," said Pete Cerda, safety director for Rosemead-based Irish Construction. "There isn't anything that we don't do that we dig without a USA ticket." After the exercise, the equipment was removed. And there was even a photo op and congratulations on a job well done. "I think it went great," O'Callahan said. "I think we saw great collaboration and communication between police, fire, our whole gas staff. They were terrific." Of course, the goal is to never have to actually respond to an incident like this. But if it's needed, PG&E and its community partners will know exactly what to do.
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We captured our emergency exercise in February 2015 to demonstrate our approach to safety while testing our Emergency Management program. The purpose of our emergency exercises is to validate and discover enhancements to our plan, practice personnel in response recovery and restoration efforts both at the incident site and from our Emergency Operations Centre, and to practice coordination with other agencies including local first responders, government (municipal, provincial and federal) and regulatory agencies. We manage 25 emergency plans through a yearly schedule involving 18 – 20 tabletop and full scale exercises.
Mountain Valley Electric Association workers along with area emergency responders held a drill Thursday to prepare for an actual crisis.
MARCOM's "The Emergency Response Plan" Video Program assists facilities in complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA's HAZWOPER regulation (29 CFR 1910.120), and instructs employees who deal with hazardous materials why planning for emergencies is critical for their safety. Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is so important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances (as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly) they have mandated that anyone working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area. In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave". Since then other regulations have followed, including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials. Areas covered in the program include the chain of command, the responsibilities of the Incident Commander, the responsibilities of the HAZMAT Specialist, the responsibilities of the HAZMAT Technician, the responsibilities of the First Responder, communication procedures and the "buddy system", personal protective equipment, safe work practices, and more. The video program comes with a comprehensive leader's guide, reproducible scheduling & attendance form, employee quiz, training log and training certificate. This program can be used as the basis for approximately two hours of classroom training. The objective of MARCOM's "The Emergency Response Plan" Video Program is to assist facilities in complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA's HAZWOPER regulation (29 CFR 1910.120), and to instruct employees who deal with hazardous materials why planning for emergencies is critical for their safety. Runtime: 15 min. Year produced: 2004 WWW.SAFETYISSIMPLE.COM
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Surviving an active shooter event. English version. Video Copyright © 2012 City of Houston.
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Coordinate your response with the city and other campuses: Veoci allows teams to seamlessly collaborate with outside parties. Users can follow each other's progress and keep each other updated without taking anyone away from critical duties. Take the stress out of recurring events and make them feel routine: Every university has to organize complex, high pressure events and manage a multiplicity of stakeholders on a regular basis - commencements, student move-ins, athletic events. Veoci lets you automate and refine your plans so that each successive occurrence runs more smoothly than the last. Have a plan of action in place for all situations, ready to deploy at any time. When a gunman has been sighted, you employ your campus-wide notification system and everything is locked down. Now what? Veoci ensures that all the pieces of your emergency plan (team members, tasks, and resources) can be initiated at the click of a button.
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By Evelyn Escalera and Matt Nauman FRESNO COUNTY — As feared, the 2015 fire season has been particularly bad due to continuing drought in California. Through the end of August, Cal Fire says, nearly 4,900 wildfires have burned about 129,000 acres. Many of those fires have occurred in PG&E’s service area, and the utility’s crews have been fully engaged with Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and other first responders. And that certainly is the case with the Rough Fire, which is now burning into its third calendar month across the rugged terrain of the Sierra and Sequoia national forests about 50 miles east of Fresno. As of Sept. 1, 2,000 personnel were fighting this largest active fire in California that was only 25 percent contained. “One of the things that we do really well now is get here early. So, on a fire like this, for example, we’ve been here for over a week and that’s allowed us to pre-treat assets, such as our poles. If we get here early enough and pre-treat them, they can withstand certain levels of a fire,” said Barry Anderson, PG&E’s vice president of Emergency Preparedness and Response. In all, about 50 PG&E personnel worked to protect vital equipment. The Rough Fire not only threatened PG&E power poles and lines, it also burned near several of the company’s hydroelectric powerhouses like the one at Balch Camp. Besides keeping electricity flowing to customers, PG&E has to ensure that when lines are burned and damaged that they don’t come in contact with firefighters in the field. The key is planning. “For us to develop the plan that was the safest and simplest in order to protect firefighter safety, employees, the public, the assets at risk, it took all of these teams to come together and develop a plan,” said Robert Cupp, a PG&E Electric Operations superintendent and the company’s Rough Fire incident commander. Cupp has played a leading role in PG&E’s response to several fires, including the devasting Rim Fire near Yosemite in 2013. Lessons learned from each fire response reap benefits, he says. “I have to say this has been the best level of cooperation I’ve seen with the fire agencies,” Cupp said. “They’re fully embedded with us. We get updates regularly.” For Anderson, a recent visit to crews working in support of efforts to fight the Rough Fire was a good reminder. “Public and employee safety is a top priority at PG&E. This fire really brings our departments together,” he said. PG&E efforts will continue until the 2015 wildfire season ends.
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When a big earthquake strikes, PG&E will need to respond quickly to restore vital gas and electric service. But what if the damage is so significant that there aren't enough PG&E employees in the area to make those needed repairs? That was one of the scenarios being tested during a recent two-day drill conducted by the company. Drills are essentials because events like earthquakes strike with no advance warning unlike other natural disasters such as hurricanes. At the Cow Palace in Daly City, PG&E set up a base camp that would have served as a base of operations for large crews who would travel to the Bay Area after a major quake. "We have a model that after the earthquake hits so to speak it projects how much work there is to do. So in our example of (an earthquake on) the Hayward Fault, we would have to set up eight base camps," said Barry Anderson, PG&E's vice president of emergency preparedness and response. If something like a 7.0 earthquake hits the Hayward Fault, which was the simulated event in this drill, PG&E might have to bring in more than 3,000 electric workers, 1,500 gas workers and 500 other workers from other regions. One of the pieces of technology in use during the drill was PG&E's Mobile Command Vehicle, which provides work stations, a variety of communication tools and mapping and printing capabilities. "This vehicle allows us to rapidly get to an incident and operate as a commander with telephones, connection to the internet and so forth," said Anderson. "I'll give you a great example, up at the Rim Fire when we worked with Cal Fire at the Incident Command post, we were able to provide them maps of our facilities which gave them visibility into our lines and helped them prioritize how they were going to fight that fire." PG&E also staged its Picarro vehicles with mobile gas-leak detection technology. Also on display was Mutual Link, a system that allows direct communication between various first responders, such as fire and police departments, the Red Cross and PG&E. Robert Cupp, a PG&E electric superintendent, led PG&E's response to the Rim Fire that burned thousands of acres near Yosemite National Park last year. He knows the importance of being prepared. "That's really the key to good event response -- you plan, you exercise that plan during drills so that when you have the event you know what to anticipate," said Cupp, who served as the incident commander for the emergency drill. "And you can't anticipate everything, but you really want to get your arms around what would it take to get 1,000 people here at the Cow Palace and house them, feed them, get materials, work on the trucks -- all the things that we do on a daily basis, we need to craft this camp in a manner that supports all that field activity." Besides practicing its own readiness, PG&E also encourages its customers to get ready before the Big One strikes. "Just as we're preparing here in our annual exercise, our customers need to be prepared as well to go 72 hours with rations, to make sure they have their medicines ready and have a plan so they can communicate with a relative outside of the impacted area," Anderson said.
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Elite PG&E linemen from Grass Valley will compete in an international competition against 200 other teams. Subscribe to KCRA on YouTube now for more: http://bit.ly/1kjRAAn Get more Sacremento news: http://kcra.com Like us:http://facebook.com/KCRA3 Follow us: http://twitter.com/kcranews Google+: http://plus.google.com/+kcra
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An energy company employee, Jenalee, spends her days cruising back country roads and driving her ATV through the bush to "ground proof" emergency response plan maps by comparing them to what is actually on the ground.
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With water rising on Lake Oroville, and anxiety growing over the dam’s spillways, PG&E knew it needed to make sure its transmission resources were protected. And, most importantly, that the power stayed on for customers and that everything remained safe. Ultimately, the energy company de-energized the power lines and disconnected them from 100-foot tall transmission towers. Then the company built a temporary connection to reconnect the power lines. And, later, removed three towers. It was a well-planned, well-executed combination of manpower and machines, of helicopters and hard work that made it happen. “The challenge that PG&E has we have two towers that are on either side of the emergency spillway, basically somewhat on the spillway, and so were the water to come over the emergency spillway it’s going to compromise the footing of those two towers,” said Angie Gibson, PG&E manager for emergency management and public safety. “And those two towers hold two 230kv transmission lines,” she added. “So we’ve had to look at opportunities to can we remove the towers? How can we make the situation safe? Not just for the responders from Department of Water Resources and Cal Fire … but also for the public and to secure our bulk transmission system.” PG&E was part of the event’s incident management team, working closely with state and local agencies to ensure coordination, communication and a shared focus on goals and responsibilities. Gibson talked about the relationship between PG&E and the agencies. “I think it’s been fabulous,” she said. “The state brought in a Cal Fire incident management team to help the Department of Water Resources manage this incident. It happens to be one of the teams that we’ve worked with several times during our past fires. So there’s a level of credibility that we now have built up with these emergency response agencies they’re looking for us to show up. They know we’re not going to show up and say, what are you going to give me. We’re going to show up and say, what can we do for you. How can we work together where we’re all shooting for the same end goal, and that’s protection of the public.” PG&E was able to remove the power lines and insulators before the dam’s emergency spillway became activated. Ultimately, nearly 200,000 residents below the dam were evacuated for several days. Once it was safe to return, the company built a shoo-fly, an engineering workaround involving poles and wires, to re-energize the transmission system. And once the rains stopped, PG&E used helicopters to remove the transmission towers and keep them out of harm’s way. In spring 2017, PG&E will install eight permanent towers to shift the line further west. The state continues to work on the Oroville Dam and its spillways.
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Kick off National Preparedness Month in September with a free family-friendly event on Aug. 27 in Old Sacramento. California Day of Preparedness will feature demos, first responders, emergency vehicles and food trucks. PG&E is the major sponsor and is among 40 organizations confirmed to participate. Watch how they plan to Survive the Wild West.
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A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits the Bay Area. The devastation stretches along the Hayward Fault in the East Bay with impacts in Marin County, San Francisco and the Peninsula. Bridges, roads, mass transit, hospitals and gas and electric service are severely impacted, the cell network is nearing full capacity and aftershocks are still to come. And life has changed for millions of people. Does this sound like the latest summer blockbuster? It’s not. Practicing its response to a major earthquake, PG&E staged a company-wide exercise earlier this month (June 8) at various facilities in the Bay Area. The event tested the company’s readiness and demonstrated how the integration of earthquake-related technologies helps in its quake-related preparation and response. Leveraging in-house and open-source technology to simulate the impacts of a magnitude 6.9 quake along the Hayward Fault, PG&E confirmed its ability to quickly estimate resource needs and identify where potential impacts could occur. In the exercise scenario, which included more than 400 employees in San Francisco, Oakland, Concord, San Ramon and in other locations, the shaking lasted for 10 to 25 seconds and devastated much of the Bay Area. The one-day drill was broken up into two parts, practicing the company’s immediate response after the quake struck as well as its restoration and customer-support efforts 72 hours later. PG&E leveraged its earthquake damage-modeling system, DASH — an acronym for Dynamic Automated Seismic Hazard — to generate rapid, facility-specific damage estimates that help prioritize where to dispatch assessment and repair crews. “Within 15 minutes of the magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake in August 2014 — the largest earthquake in California since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 — these modeling technologies enabled us to develop resource requirements and immediately deploy more than 200 electric employees,” said Barry Anderson, PG&E’s vice president of Electric Distribution overseeing the company’s emergency-response organization. The utility was able to restore service to about 70,000 customers in a little more than 24 hours, and quickly checked on gas leaks and sent many employees to the area to check in on customers. PG&E utilized ShakeCast and ShakeMaps — open-source software developed by The U.S. Geological Survey — to produce near-real-time digital maps of ground motion and shaking intensity, facilitating notification of shaking levels at key facilities. “For PG&E, the key is preparedness. Natural disasters will take place and they will impact gas and electric service,” Anderson added. “It’s our job to improve our processes to ensure a safe and efficient response.” PG&E also demonstrated the use of earthquake early warning systems as a part of its seismic response efforts. The purpose of an early warning system is to identify and characterize an earthquake a few seconds after it begins, calculate the likely intensity of ground shaking that will result, and deliver warnings to people and infrastructure in harm’s way via PA system, computer, smartphone, and eventually, via television and radio. “Although still fairly early in development, we believe earthquake early warning will help us identify potential applications which will allow both automated and human actions in the seconds before an earthquake to protect lives, lessen property damage and ensure rapid service restoration,” Anderson said. PG&E continues working with partners, including the Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross and U.C. Berkeley’s Seismological Laboratory, to expand the use of early warning systems. Earthquakes can be powerful forces of nature that can disrupt essential services, and just as PG&E has robust emergency response plans, the company encourages its customers to have their own personal plans for emergencies as well. Customers should maintain an emergency preparedness kit with enough supplies on hand to be self-sufficient for at least three days, and preferably up to one week. Customers should also prepare and practice their personal emergency plan to ensure all members of their household know what to do in the event of an emergency — especially since everyone may not be together. To help customers develop plans for earthquakes and other natural disasters, useful preparedness information can be found at websites for the American Red Cross and the California Office of Emergency Services.
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PG&E wants you to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Sign up for alerts at pge.com/mywildfirealerts, so we can notify you if we need to temporarily shutoff power in an emergency. We know how important it is to have safe and reliable power in your home so we will only turn off power as a last resort. Update your contact information today.
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With heavy rains and winds from a major storm expected to pummel much of the state this week, power outages are likely. PG&E has a plan to restore power safely and as quickly as possible to customers and the utility encourages customers to have plans in place to stay safe too. Advanced technology is playing a major role in helping PG&E respond to outages. This includes technology used by PG&E’s Mike Voss, principal meteorologist, and his team in San Ramon who have been carefully monitoring the storm to help guide PG&E’s emergency response. “It’s really about enabling us to prepare in advance, which cuts down on restoration time and cuts down on cost of restoration,” said Voss. New technology and storm outage prediction modeling is helping PG&E pinpoint where problems might occur when the storm arrives on the North Coast tonight and makes its way southward. The opening of the first of three new electric distribution control centers is supporting a new Distribution Management System that uses advanced electronic mapping and SmartMeter data to help operators pinpoint the exact location of an outage, sometimes even before customers report it. “Our operators and dispatchers can see from a single view all this specific and important information, which allows them to understand who’s the closest resource with the right skill set to the trouble, so that we can dispatch in the most expedient fashion possible,” said Gary Cassilagio, director of business applications, PG&E electric distribution operations. Lessons learned from past storms led to the outage prediction modeling and new technology -- much of it tested at PG&E’s Applied Technology Services lab in San Ramon. This includes automated equipment that self-heals the electric grid, minimizing power outages. The new technology and front-end preparation is helping PG&E restore power safely and quickly to customers when the weather gets rough. “When we can get the lights on faster, they’re happy,” said Voss. PG&E offers safety tips for customers experiencing an outage.
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Fire lookout towers on Mount Tamalpais offer some of the most breathtaking views in Northern California. And, for decades, they also provided the first reports of smoke from wildland fires. Today, lookouts are mostly staffed intermittently by volunteers, and the majority of first reports of fire come from people with cell phones – but they’re not always able to describe where they see smoke or fire, making it tough to pinpoint a fire start and dispatch crews. “Early detection is absolutely critical with wildfires,” said Todd Lando of Fire Safe Marin. “The difference of five minutes can make the difference between a fire that’s controllable and a fire that’s not controllable.” But now, thanks to technology and funds from PG&E, there are new eyes in the sky. PG&E funded $2 million dollars to local Fire Safe Councils this fall, to install 28 highly-programmable remote fire sensing cameras on some of the most important lookout towers in California, in Marin, Calaveras, Humboldt and Butte counties. “These cameras are helping fire agencies respond more quickly to fires,” said PG&E’s Pete Dominguez. “It should reduce the spread of fires throughout the service area.” PG&E’s Vegetation Management department works to keep trees from coming in contact with critical pieces of the energy infrastructure like power lines. Paying to buy and install the cameras is part of PG&E’s overall effort to reduce wildfire risk during the extreme drought conditions that have plagued the state for three years now. PG&E partnered with local fire safe councils, CAL FIRE and fire departments to install the cameras and the support software in emergency control centers like this one which will receive the camera data. The cameras capture 360 degree views and send images every four minutes to a server. Computer algorithms will analyze the images and determine if it detects a fire. If a fire is detected, it alerts the work station so dispatchers can confirm and send fire fighters. The cameras can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mark Brown of the Marin County Fire Department said the cameras will allow agencies to detect fires much sooner than in the past. “It will give us more pinpointed information about its location and will give us live time information so we can make strategic decisions,” Brown said.. Lando of Fire Safe Marin praised PG&E for its partnership. “Without the funding from PG&E this system absolutely would not have happened,” he said. “Not for a lack of interest. We wanted this system but simply couldn’t find the funding.” And as California enters what could be another winter of lower than average rainfall, fire agencies are ramping up for another tough fire season, fueled by the dry conditions. The new cameras will provide another layer of detection. “We think it’s going to be another tool in the tool chest that’s going to help us fight wildfires,” Lando said.
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Every day, PG&E provides energy across 70,000-square-miles of California. Our highest priority as we do so is the safety of our customers and the communities where they live and work. Our work includes an enhanced engagement with local first responders, bringing an added degree of collaboration and emergency preparedness for both PG&E and these stakeholders. It also encompasses our long-standing support for underserved communities.
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Watch "'You Can't Trust Congress': The Architect (Extra Scene 1)" - http://bit.ly/1uK0wOq Watch "Dr. James Mitchell On High Value Detainees (Extra Scene 2)" - http://bit.ly/1zYynts The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort in the history of the US Senate. The $40 million, five-year study concluded that CIA officials exaggerated the value of the intelligence they gleaned from dozens of “high-value detainees” held at black site prisons, where they were subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding. The committee reviewed more than 6 million pages of top-secret CIA documents and found that the architect of the interrogation program was a retired Air Force psychologist named James Mitchell, an agency contractor who — according to news reports — personally waterboarded alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Senate report does not identify Mitchell by name. Mitchell has a signed a non-disclosure agreement with the CIA and was unable to discuss his alleged role in the agency's enhanced interrogation program, but VICE News met up with him in suburban Florida to discuss the Senate's report and one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror. This is the first time Mitchell has ever appeared on camera. Editor's note: One week after this video was released the restrictions on Mitchell's non-disclosure agreement were loosened. In an exclusive follow-up interview with VICE News, Mitchell admitted that he was the interrogator who personally waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda facilitator Abu Zubaydah, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing - http://bit.ly/1zoSmA8 Read "Community Outreach — Not 'Enhanced Interrogation' — Might Be the Best Way to Stop Terror Attacks” - http://bit.ly/1yzJMMh Read “What $300 Million Bought the CIA's 'Detention and Interrogation’ Program” - http://bit.ly/1Byh30p Read “Senate Torture Report Finds the CIA Was Less Effective and More Brutal Than Anyone Knew“ - http://bit.ly/165G0n5 Read "UN Official Wants US Administrators Involved in Torture to Be Prosecuted” - http://bit.ly/1D9qy87 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews
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The Kansas City District Corps of Engineers hosted a table top exercise for agencies, including the Division of Water Resources, involved with flood emergency response held March 21, 2013 at Melvern Community Center. Douglas Crum, P.E., USACE, said federal dams are assessed and inspected regularly to avoid failure because of dam owners' liability.
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This is a video on how the NRC Headquarters Operations Center functions during an exercise. This center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and activated when we have incidents or an exercise. It’s designed to handle multiple incidents occurring at the same time. For more information on the NRC Incident Response and Emergency Preparedness visit the NRC website at http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/emerg-preparedness.html.
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The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant partners with local organizations, such as the Madison County Emergency Management Agency and Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, to ensure the community is aware of and prepared for chemical weapons destruction operations. Madison County is moving into a newly renovated Emergency Operations Center, and this facility will help support emergency operations in the unlikely event of a chemical agent accident or incident.
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This is a video on asthma the medical emergency. The questions which can be asked during the ORE PART 2 examination. It explains a. scenarios b. management c. medications, administration, dosage, mechanism of action and disadvantages d.. spacer devices e. definition and pathophysiology f. tips Contact us: site: www.planore.co.uk phone number: 07484183278 mail id: email@example.com FB page: Plan ORE https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100028390064629 Whatsapp Group https://chat.whatsapp.com/5IKmsHaba9F6eaTAaZsO4B
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Gas crew foreman Steve Bittner is used to pressure situations. So when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake jolted him awake early Sunday in Napa, he took action. The 29-year PG&E employee made sure his family was safe and cleaned up a huge mess in his house — fallen pictures, broken wine glasses and bottles of olive oil and honey. “It was like a bunch of raccoons came in there and destroyed the house,” Bittner said. “It was bad.” After calming his family, he checked on his elderly neighbors and then immediately reported to work. He spent the next 14 hours responding to customer calls. “It just comes natural,” Bittner said. “You see people hurting and you go help them.” PG&E mobilized quickly to help the community. A staging area was set up at the local airport. Crews came from all over PG&E’s service area. And in little more than 24 hours, power was restored to 70,000 residents. Among those who came in from out of town was Marysville troubleman Jim Stephenson. He called dispatchers when he found out about the quake and told them he was available to help. He worked from 7 a.m. until 2:30 the next morning. He says customers were thrilled to see him and they offered him water, coffee and soft drinks. “I work for the customer,” Stephenson said. “PG&E pays me but they’re my customers. So if they’re inconvenienced then I might as well be also.” The public was impressed with the response. The San Francisco Chronicle credited SmartMeters with helping quickly restore power. And customers praised PG&E on social media: “Thank you for all you do.” “You guys are the best.” “Thank you for working around the clock and getting our power back.” Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Laurie Giammona credited the many men and women of PG&E who quickly responded. And why was the response so successful? “I think it’s because we have phenomenal employees,” Giammona said. “Employees just came in on their own accord after the earthquake hit and we were able to completely mobilize our crews, bring in crews from other areas.” Customer Care employees from the Bay Area volunteered to travel to Napa. On Monday (Aug. 25), they canvassed downtown Napa to remind businesses and residences to contact PG&E with any concerns or questions. Customer relationship managers Jackie Denzler and Waylon Pon met with customer David Enright whose house near downtown Napa was damaged. The customer said he appreciates PG&E’s support. “I’ve been seeing them around here since everything happened,” Enright said. “I’ve been seeing them driving around and checking on everything, which I appreciate and I think is good. It makes me feel safer.” Meanwhile, crews used Picarro gas technology to check for gas leaks. And in a neighborhood a few miles away, Cupertino gas service representative Josh Eaton restored service to residents who had turned off their gas following the quake. He began his work day 12 hours earlier. “This is my first real emergency with the company and I feel really proud to be part of the company,” Eaton said. Whether they work in the area or come from far away, PG&E’s employees came together to help customers get their lives back in order.
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Hundreds of small feet — and some very large, championship feet — pounded the pavement to celebrate newly refurbished courts at Verdese Carter Park in Oakland. Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid and members of the Oakland Police Activities League joined Festus Ezeli and James Michael McAdoo as the members of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors ran practice drills with local Oakland youth. PG&E, in partnership with the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation and the Good Tidings Foundation, recently renovated the courts as part of the “Makin’ Hoops” program. Created in 1999, the program has refurbished nearly 50 basketball courts throughout the Bay Area. The renovations typically include refurbishing the court surface, cleaning, painting and installing new backboards and rims. “I think it’s important for the kids to have a safe space to play in,” Ezeli said. “It’s great that we’re able to reinvent the court and just to see the kids have fun.” McAdoo praised PG&E for its assistance in the program. “To have them partner with the Warriors organization and really come together to be able to do something so huge for the youth of Oakland — it’s huge,” he said. PG&E’s Laurie Giammona discussed the reason for the utility’s involvement: “This provides a safe place for kids to come and play and really learn the skills of working together as a team for something good,” said Giammona, senior vice president and chief customer officer. PG&E and the Warriors have a long and sustained relationship, supporting the team and the community through a variety of efforts. The Warriors and PG&E first teamed up to create and refurbish the Chris Mullin Court at the Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center in Oakland in 2012, creating two outdoor basketball courts for the more than 450 students in the school and afterschool programs at the recreation center. They then partnered to refurbish more basketball courts, including San Antonio Park in Oakland, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Columbia Park Clubhouse and the Ella Hutch Community Center in San Francisco. PG&E participated in the Warriors championship parade, providing several utility vehicles to pull parade floats. Bucket trucks were used to help hang banners along the victory parade route in Oakland. PG&E collaborated with the City of Oakland to deck out the perimeter of Oakland’s Lake Merritt with Warriors’ colored bulbs. PG&E provided a grant for the blue LED bulbs, which the city quickly installed prior to Game 3 of the NBA finals. PG&E also staged East Bay Division Electric Operations Emergency Response Crews in Oakland throughout the NBA Finals and for the championship parade. Some of these dedicated employees got the chance to participate in the Verdese Carter Park unveiling. And PG&E sponsored the Local Warriors Award, a program honoring those who make significant impacts to their communities in Northern California. Winners scored a donation to their favorite charity and were introduced at a Warriors basketball game earlier this year.
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What rodeo doesn’t have a lasso or bucking bronco? Well… a gas rodeo. In the place of calf roping, participants assemble a gas meter from parts in a bucket. Instead of wrestling a testy steer, they have to hand-dig out an 18-inch box in a matter of seconds to find the gas lines below. These and other activities served as the qualifying tasks for PG&E employees hoping to represent the company at the national gas rodeo in Colorado Springs this fall. Sixteen teams showed up for the first annual PG&E and IBEW Gas Rodeo in Livermore in late May to show their colleagues and families that they have the skills to be national champions. “I think it’s fun. I think it’s cool that all these yards come out here and we get to meet new people and experience how other guys do their work,” said employee and contestant Greg Haggard from Chico. The gas rodeo is unlike any rodeo you’ve ever seen. The two and four-person teams are tasked with completing herculean-sized events in a matter of minutes. By rotating custom-made cutters in a see-saw fashion, the teams have to cut a clean section of six-inch pipe. They also have to connect a a 50-foot gas distribution line and install a meter. These activities afford the contestants the chance to demonstrate the first class, reliable service PG&E provides to customers every day. “We’re so excited we’re out here today, just to compete and see everybody, to see all the superintendents and directors, the whole PG&E family. That’s what this is all about – showing what we do every day and that we love our job,” said Sarah Defenbaugh, a contestant from Monterey. The tasks are similar to the types of jobs gas crews do on a daily basis. But, while safety continually remains the most important component, speed turns a task into a contest. And, of course, gas crews usually don’t have an audience. The competition was fierce, with team names like El Jefes and Team Annihilator adding the fun. In the end, four teams were selected to represent PG&E in the national competition in August. Check back with Currents in the fall to hear how the company stacks up against more than 50 other national teams. For Currents, I’m Hailey Wilson.
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-happens-when-you-get-heat-stroke-douglas-j-casa Have you ever suffered from exertional heat stroke? This condition is caused by intense activity in the heat and is one of the top three killers of athletes and soldiers in training. Douglas J. Casa explains heat stroke's tremendous effects on the human body and details an action plan in case it ever happens to someone you know. Lesson by Douglas J. Casa, animation by Cinematic.
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WASHINGTON, D.C -- The National Guard teams up with first responders for emergency training exercises to prepare for the unexpected.
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PG&E is expanding its use of specialized portable generation systems to keep lights on for customers while crews perform work on power lines and substation equipment. The utility successfully completed several pilot projects this year that confirmed its ability to utilize these generators for both large and small scale projects. One such project took place on June 26 when these generators, made by Aggreko, energized more than 1,500 customers in San Luis Obispo County for 13 hours while PG&E completed upgrades at its Cholame Substation. “Aggreko generators are here. They’re going to be picking up approximately 6 megawatts of load in the field that the station would normally be feeding,” said Bryan Furtado, superintendent of substation maintenance and construction in PG&E’s south central valley region. Without the use of these generators, customers in the area would have experienced a planned outage for several hours while this work was being performed. “This is something that we are going to be doing a lot more in the future so customers don’t see interruptions. We can deal with unplanned interruptions, and we can respond to those, but it’s really the planned work where we can make a lot more headway in how we take clearances and if we take clearances,” said Robert Cupp, superintendent of transmission line maintenance for the south region of PG&E’s service area. In addition to planned upgrades and maintenance, PG&E is calling on these generators to restore power more quickly in response to unplanned outages. “As we become better at deploying these units, we’ll be able to respond quicker to emergencies like earthquakes and fires and restore power to customers in a more rapid time frame than years past where we had to wait for lines to be restored,” said Branden Ezell, construction supervisor for PG&E. During an emergency exercise on May 14, PG&E set up generators to supply power at a base camp it established at the Cow Palace in Daly City. Base camps play a critical role in PG&E’s response to catastrophic emergencies as places to stage crews and equipment in heavily impacted areas. “You can basically show up at a site in an emergency and generate an entire neighborhood instead of just a single resident or a single store,” said Frank Pizzileo, business development manager for Aggreko. This program is another example of PG&E’s work to improve service reliability. In 2014, PG&E customers experienced the fewest number of power outages and the lowest average duration per outage in company history. “It’s really all for the customers,” said Furtado.
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Though PG&E gives to its communities year-round, this is a special time of the year for the utility. In this video, Ezra Garrett—vice president of community relations—discusses how PG&E is giving back and helping those in need during the holiday season.
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Concerns over construction and emergency response times brought to light
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Lake County’s Clayton Fire hit close to home for PG&E electric crew foreman Larry Menzio. Menzio, who lives in Middletown, lost outbuildings in 2015’s nearby Valley Fire. When the Clayton Fire broke out Aug. 13, Menzio rushed to a colleague’s Lower Lake home to help him evacuate. clayton_fire_1757View Gallery Slideshow: PG&E’s Clayton Fire response. “I went straight to his house and I was thinking, ‘Again? Really?’” Menzio said. His colleague’s home survived the fire, and on Thursday (Aug. 18), Menzio and his fellow linemen were among the 300 PG&E employees working in Lake County to restore power to customers. “It’s very devastating to see the damage,” said Menzio, standing next to a utility box on a residential street near downtown Lower Lake. “But at the same time, we know we’ve got to get customers who are still in the area back in power and maybe get some normalcy back to them.” Driven by heavy winds and temperatures in the 100s, the Clayton Fire has burned nearly 4,000 acres and caused $10 million in damage. The fire consumed 300 structures, including 190 homes. The blaze was 65 percent contained as of Friday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). No injuries were reported. Last week, police booked a man on arson charges related to the fire. PG&E crews had assessed more than 920 power poles by Friday, less than a week from the fire’s start. Those evaluations found 101 poles and 92 spans of wire — more than 10 miles’ worth — that needed to be replaced. On Thursday morning, a caravan of PG&E vehicles rolled up Lake Street to make repairs. Amid a constant hum of trucks, cranes and drills, augur operators pulled burned poles out of the ground as crews of line workers prepared new poles, attaching insulators and surge arrestors to crossarms and bolting crossarms to poles. As each crew finished prepping a pole, a crane lifted it upright and into place. Line workers shoveled dirt around the pole to stabilize it. They then moved 50 feet up the road to tackle the next repair. A crew might complete three to four poles in a day, said Brett Bayma, a Stockton-based safety specialist. “There’s no question about the work ethic of our team members,” Bayma said. “They work hard, and they do it safely, too. They say it took God six days to make the world. If he’d had linemen, it would have taken four.” Barry Anderson, PG&E vice president of electric distribution, was on hand last week to check on crews’ morale. PG&E is coordinating its operations from a 19-acre base camp on California Highway 53. “I’m extremely impressed with the teamwork and attitudes of those doing the work,” Anderson said. “They feel really good about what they’re doing. When I go down some of the roads in the city and see 15 blue PG&E vehicles, with all of the buckets in the air and the augurs setting poles, it gives me tingles. When it comes to restoration and bringing communities back up, we are always at the top of our game.” Service was restored around noon Friday to all customers able to receive power. Nearly 1,900 customers were without power at the fire’s peak.
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Find out how a J-pole amateur radio antenna works! Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaBtYooQdmNzq63eID8RaLQ. Ask Dave Playlist: https://goo.gl/inaQeB. To learn more about me, visit: http://www.dcasler.com/about/ Tip jar (on my website): http://www.dcasler.com/tip-jar/ (describes both how to use the YouTube method and provides a method to use your credit card via PayPal) To pose an Ask Dave question: http://www.dcasler.com/ask-dave/ or http://www.ke0og.net/ask-dave/ To order the old Technician videos on DVD: http://dcasler.com/how-to-buy-technician-videos-on-dvd/ Technician training videos, see http://www.ke0og.net/training/ General training videos, see http://www.ke0og.net/general/ Amateur Extra training videos, see http://www.ke0og.net/extra/ List of the Ask Dave videos, see http://dcasler.com/ask-dave/#askdavelist My primary website: http://www.dcasler.com The ham radio part of my website (direct link): http://www.ke0og.net My publishing website: http://www.mtsneffelspress.com, where you can find my fantasy and science fiction books, as well as some local history books I publish for the Ridgway Railroad Museum and the Ouray County Historical Society My Amazon author page, which lists my print and Kindle books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00471I0Q4. And I'm now reading (producing) audiobooks! See my first effort here: https://goo.gl/0GTHsW I'm often asked what equipment I use to create the videos. The devices include the Panasonic DMC-G7 camera, Panasonic HDC-TM90 video camera, Tascam DR-05 audio recorder, Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lapel microphone, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W560 digital camera, the Kodak Zi-8 video camera, my iPhone 5S, and Pentax K100D DSLR. Software used: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 on a Toshiba S55-A5294, also using Smoothdraw 220.127.116.11, FastStone Image Viewer 5.3, FastStone Capture 8.0, Audacity 2.1.1, LibreOffice 18.104.22.168, and Ink2Go 1.7.2. You can see how my studio is set up by viewing https://youtu.be/wFSQ8vtNA5A. Twitter: @dcasler
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Kick off National Preparedness Month in September with a free family-friendly event on Aug. 27 in Old Sacramento. California Day of Preparedness will feature demos, first responders, emergency vehicles and food trucks. The Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is among 40 organizations confirmed to participate. Watch how they plan to Survive the Wild West.
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HUD's Office of Block Grant Assistance, Disaster Recovery and Special Issues (DRSI) Division sponsored the CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) training in Newark, NJ March 18-20, 2013. The training included sessions on determining disaster recovery awards, an overview of CDBG disaster recovery, an introduction to the Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) system, assessing disaster recovery needs, action plan development, keys to effective grant administration, and environmental compliance. The training also included roundtable discussions so that grantees may learn from each other and panel presentations from grantees and HUD staff. To access related training materials visit OneCPD Training & Events - https://www.onecpd.info/training-events/
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