The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is hosting the 12th annual California Day of Preparedness on Saturday, Aug. 26. The day encourages Californians to take steps to prepare for emergencies or disasters in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. This free, family-friendly event is powered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
This year’s theme, “Surviving the Wild West,” refers to Old Sacramento being the commercial center of the California Gold Rush, as it became a crossroads of transportation, connected by steamboats to San Francisco, by supply roads to mining regions, and to Folsom by the first railroad in the West. Despite floods, fires, and epidemics, Sacramento became California’s capital in 1854. California is also considered one of the most diverse states when it comes to “wild” natural disasters – wildfires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and even volcanoes.
This year’s record-breaking storms, destructive wildfires and the constant threat of a major earthquake in California reminds us of the importance of emergency preparedness. Although Californians are seemingly accustomed to natural disasters, it is critical to stay prepared and informed. This event provides Cal OES and its partners with an opportunity to provide the public with information that could help reduce their risk, as well as kick off National Preparedness Month.
The special ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the Main Stage in Old Sacramento immediately followed by live demonstrations. Speakers will include leadership from Cal OES, PG&E and 9-1-1 for Kids. A 9-1-1 Heroes Awards Ceremony and special recognition of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office will also take place.
Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Sacramento State Historic Park.