My Primary Source For Emergency Management Information Is The California Office Of Emergency Services ( Caloes )
My primary source for emergency management information is the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). Due to California’s geography, it is effectively known as the “Disneyworld of disasters”, as it is prone to every natural disaster short of hurricanes. CalOES has become the world leader in emergency management due to the frequency and magnitude of events, and population. I conducted a short internship with CalOES and was given access to their extensive collection of documents and plans. Also, as a member of the military, my job requires me to constantly assess risk and mitigate hazards. My job also involves construction of buildings either at or above the local code level. Research and sources came fairly quick as I already had a background in this topic.
A hazard is something, natural or man-made, that may cause damage to people or property. Earthquakes, floods, and slope failure (landslide) are examples of natural hazards. Nuclear accidents, terrorist attacks, and oil spills are examples of man-made hazards. The effects of a hazard are what are known as disasters or emergencies. A hazard is an earthquake, but the disaster is all of the lost lives, injuries, and property damage that comes from the earthquake.
A hazard may cause zero deaths or injuries, yet the damage to property can be enormous, which makes recovery more expensive and requires more assistance. Using the example of a wildfire, the affected population may be able to…