Brian Ferguson Takes Helm as Deputy Director of Communications at Cal OES

September 3rd, 2019

Picture of Brian Ferguson

In this episode (#66) we talk with Brian Ferguson, deputy director of communications at Cal OES.  We’ll talk about his transition from working in the governor’s office to the world of emergency management and why he’s OK with not knowing everything about his new employer, its communications team and all the facets that it faces. He’ll also talk about the relationship between PIOs and the media, the challenges that go along with the ever rapidly changing news business and how his new team will have to adapt to those changes.

On July 10, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Brian Ferguson as deputy director for crisis communication and public affairs at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Ferguson had been deputy director of media and public affairs in the Office of Governor Newsom since February 2019. Ferguson served as Deputy Press Secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. from 2017 to 2019. He served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the California Department of General Services from 2013 to 2017, where he also served as Acting Deputy Director of Sustainability from 2014 to 2015. Ferguson was a communications specialist at the California Faculty Association from 2006 to 2013. He was a contributing writer at the Syracuse Post-Standard in 2006 and a writer at the Marin Independent Journal from 2004 to 2005. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Links

Cal OES Office of Public Information

Cal OES

Governor Gavin Newsom

 

 

 

 

 

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Australian Delegation of Top Emergency Managers Visit Cal OES to Share Best Practices and More

May 22nd, 2019

Group photo of Australian Delegation at Cal OES HQ

In this episode of All Hazards we chat with three members of a delegation from a high level of Australia’s emergency management leadership.

 

They are visiting Cal OES for strategic discussions on how both California and Australian representatives coordinate and respond to disasters including sharing best practices, gaps, and lessons learned, as well as how they work with other first responders and local, state, and government officials.

Links

Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs

New South Wales, Office of Emergency Management

OES News 

 

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Dirty Bomb Exercise Ultimate Test for Urban Search and Rescue Teams

May 1st, 2019

RICHARD VENTURA

In this episode (#62) of All Hazards we talk with Orange County Fire Captain Richard Ventura. He’s a member of the California Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 5 and is the director of the Southern Wind RDD US&R Full Scale Exercise. That’s the topic of conversation.  This is a learning based exercise that challenges US&R task forces in an environment that’s the next best thing to a real world event.

The scenario for Southern Wind 2019:

During the weeks of May 1st and 9th 2019, there will be a World Cup Soccer tournament held in Southern California. During the early morning hours of May 1st, a car bomb explodes at Union Station near downtown Los Angeles. Simultaneously another bomb explodes at the Stub Hub Center in Carson and the Exchange Mall (Del Valle) where prominent National Soccer Team is scheduled to make a public appearance; both explosions cause massive injuries and structural damage. At the Exchange Mall there is a partial collapse of the structure and a large fire. The adjacent Memorial Hospital (Del Valle) is seriously damaged. The source of the Exchange Mall explosion is a Radiological Dispersion Device RDD. As a result of the structural collapse at the Exchange Mall and Memorial Hospital, CA-TF6 and CA-TF8 will be activated.  US&R teams will assess the scenes and proceed to rescue survivors and save lives.

Participating Organizations:

California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2)

California Task Force 5 (CA-TF5)

California Task Force 6 (CA-TF6)

California Task Force 8 (CA-TF8)

Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) - HazMat 150

 

Sponsors:

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Orange County Fire Authority

FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue Response System

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Podcast #60: ¿Está Listo? Consejos y Pasos Para Estar Más Preparados Ante Una Emergencia o Desastre

April 2nd, 2019

Podcast #60: En este podcast, vamos a hablar sobre la importancia de estar listos para un desastre o emergencia. Viviendo en California, no somos extraños a las emergencias. Hablamos con Jovanna Garcia de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) y ella comparte consejos de sus experencias profesionales y personales. Estar preparado es importante y a veces empezar puede ser la parte más dificil. Pero, no es tan dificil como parece. En este podcast, compartiremos consejos para ayudarle a comenzar.

 

Recursos:

www.listo.gov

www.caloes.ca.gov

www.oesnews.com

 

Clips de Noticias, Creditós:

Univisión

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