Golden Guardian 2012 Exercise Series

The Golden Guardian 2012 Exercise Series will test the Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Response Plan.

The discussion based exercise series will involve participation from eight Operational Areas in Southern Region, tribes, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and private sector partners.

Golden Guardian 2012 will allow the State of California, FEMA Region IX, and the Operational Areas an opportunity to evaluate the new California Catastrophic Incident Plan: Concept of Operations. This plan was developed and approved by FEMA Region IX and Cal EMA as a result of Golden Guardian 2008.

David L. Myers, FEMA Director Visits San Diego

April 30, 2012 – San Diego – David L. Meyers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director, White House Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA Region IX Volunteer Assistance Liaison manager Charles Craig briefed disaster specialists in San Diego in cooperation with the San Diego VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).  Chaired by Robin Clegg, President of the San Diego VOAD, Members of the San Diego Interfaith Disaster Council were updated on FEMA plans and programs affecting San Diego.

David L. Myers is the Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Myers heads one of thirteen such centers in the federal government under the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships.

The DHS Center is located in the Federal Emergency Management Agency where Myers and his staff work to build, sustain and improve effective partnerships between DHS and faith-based and voluntary organizations. In this role, Myers has personally led Center efforts at major disasters, working closely with senior governmental, state, local, faith-based and voluntary groups.

Myers’ position requires daily coordination with White House and FEMA leadership. The Center’s mission includes building connections to communities and groups marginally affiliated with emergency management systems. To accomplish this, Myers devotes much of his time supporting FEMA’s voluntary agency liaisons and visiting FEMA regions, states and U.S. territories as a direct representative of White House and FEMA leadership.

Myers’ emphasized the important of VOAD and regional groups like the San Diego Interfaith Disaster Council and the many churches and organizations present in understanding the local issues and logistics necessary to serve the 3.2 million citizens of San Diego County.

David Waitley, Director of the San Diego Interfaith Disaster Council provided an update on the interfaith efforts and successes over the last year encouraging partners from all groups to work together.  Almost half of San Diego is represented by the interfaith council service groups of all types in cooperation with VOAD, FEMA and the San Diego County of Emergency Services (OES).


The Handy Red Guide to Recovery

The Red Guide to Recovery is book of resources and tools to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters of all sorts.

Visit their site at like the What To Do in the First 24 Hours and the Family Inventory Planning Worksheet or the Family Emergency Plan you can download and print for your use.

When first responders and emergency personnel leave the scene of a disaster, the survivors often make ill-informed decisions that can have serious long term effects. The Red Guide to Recovery was created to assist the disaster survivor by making available a single source of pertinent, easy to read disaster recovery information that will walk them step-by-step through the recovery process while raising awareness of the many pitfalls that may present themselves in post disaster scenarios. This award winning book can also be used for training on disaster preparedness, business continuity, contingency planning, and complement any disaster preparedness kit. The thought here is that if people understand what is involved in the recovery process, they will be more resilient and better prepared in the event of a disaster.

You can purchase the e-Book version of the Red Guide to Recovery from Barnes and Noble for $9.99.

San Diego County Office of Emergency Services

San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES)
5555 Overland Avenue, Suite 1911
San Diego, CA 92123-1294
Phone: (858) 565-3490
Fax: (858) 565-3499

The Office of Emergency Services (OES) coordinates the overall county response to disasters. OES is responsible for alerting and notifying appropriate agencies when disaster strikes; coordinating all agencies that respond; ensuring resources are available and mobilized in times of disaster; developing plans and procedures for response to and recovery from disasters; and developing and providing preparedness materials for the public.

OES staffs the Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (a central facility which provides regional coordinated emergency response), and also acts as staff to the Unified Disaster Council (UDC), a joint powers agreement between all 18 incorporated cities and the County of San Diego. The UDC provides for coordination of plans and programs countywide to ensure protection of life and property.

The County of San Diego OES is certified with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.