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We hope you will find BICEPP's new website a useful tool for sharing information and finding resources and events important to the disaster community. Below, you’ll find what’s coming up on BICEPP's calendar. Use the button or the links on the left menu to navigate our site. If you are new to BICEPP, we hope you will consider joining to gain access to reduced event fees and resources reserved for BICEPP members only.


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Disaster & Business Recovery Information

Contents Below:
Non-BICEPP Events
  • QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop for Businesses and Organizations - Friday, June 17, 2016
  • The Great California Shakeout - Thursday, October 20, 2016 at preciously 10:20 am
  • Law Enforcement & First Responder Appreciation Day (hosted by the VA) May 12, 2016 - Pics added
Government Resources For Disaster Planning & Response (several government resources in other sections as well)
  • City of Los Angeles - Office of Emergency Management
  • Los Angeles County - Office of Emergency Management
  •  Cal OES - Governor's Office of Emergency Services
  •  California State Threat Assessment System
Newsletters and Miscellaneous Materials
  • CESA (California Emergency Services Association) May 2016 Newsletter
  • CESA Annual Training Conference - Oct 4 to 7, 2016
  • The COPE-Preparedness Newsletter - May 2016
  • Continuity Insights
  • Emergency Management Magazine and Newsletter
Southern California Earthquake Realities
  • Earthquake Country Alliance
  • USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
  • Facts, Fiction, & Friction: The Threat of Earthquakes in the U.S - Featuring Dr. Lucy Jones on Larry King Now and the Smithsonian
  • Meet Lucy Jones, "The Earthquake  Lady" - Smithsonian, Feb 2012
  • San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says....May 4, 2016 - LA Times
  • California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018. May 16, 2016 - LA Times
Understanding ZIKA
  • One year into the Zika outbreak: how an obscure disease became a global health emergency
  • CDC travel advice for Olympics, 'Zika outbreak in Brazil is dynamic'
  • CDC Video: Zika Virus Prevention: Summary for General Public in Puerto Rico. May, 2016
  • Zika and Pregnancy: What You Should Know
  • Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes' - Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2016
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

(not a complete list, of course - send event info to for consideration)

QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop for Business and Organizations
Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
 Get ReadyRC. Join us for a QuakeSmart Business Preparedness Workshop.
 Registration required here... Questions: 850-385-7233
 Victoria Gardens Cultural Center 
12505 Cultural Center Drive 
Rancho Cucamonga , California 91739

The Great California Shakeout
October 20, 2016, Thursday, October 20, 2016 at preciously 10:20 am

Shakeout Logo LongMillions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 20* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Participating is a great way for your family ororganization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America's PrepareAthon!

The ShakeOut began in California and has also been organized in many other states and countries. Official ShakeOut Regions require significant local or regional coordination, typically by an emergency management agency or an alliance of many organizations. If you are interested in establishing a ShakeOut drill for your region please contact us. If your state, province, or country is not yet participating you can register yourself or your organization as part of the global participation total.
Drop, Cover & Hold
Protect yourself. Spread the word.  Drop, Cover & Hold Website
Drop Cover Hold Simple

RESULTS: The event went really well. Well attended and Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band rocked it. Great afternoon.  LA Appreciation Day May 12, 2016 Images or click on Photo Albums on the main menu.
Law Enforcement & First Responder Appreciation Day
May 12, Noon to 4pm
"In honor of Law Enforcement and First Responders, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS), in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine and Sysco are hosting a free concert and BBQ forVeterans, military members, law enforcement and first responders. Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band will perform to honor the men and women who sacrifice their lives in service to their country and fellow citizens. The BBQ and concert opens with an introduction from VAGLAHS Executive Leadership followed by comments from Gary Sinise, Chef Irvine and event sponsors."
 No reservation necessary. Come out and wish some of LA's most valued citizens a big thank you for the work they perform, often under life and death circumstances, to protect all of us. BICEPP's Board, Members and Friends are welcome.
 Click here for the VA's Website Description        Appreciation Day Flyer here



City of Los Angeles - Emergency Management Department

LA City LogoLA EOM LogoWith approximately 4 million residents and 400,000 business firms, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) has the enormous task of planning and preparing all City departments, residents and businesses for man-made and natural emergencies, as well as coordinating subsequent response, recovery and mitigation efforts. Our Department Strategic Plan (click here to download)  works to resolve the challenges in emergency management. Our goals are designed to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART).

Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) Operations Links...

County of Los Angeles - Office of Emergency Management

LAC CEO OEM LOGOLA County home_collageThe Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has the responsibility for organizing and directing the preparedness efforts of the Emergency Management Organization of Los Angeles County. OEM is the day-to-day Los Angeles County Operational Area coordinator for the entire geographic area of the county. This broad responsibility includes:


Planning and Coordination * Operations • Training • Technical Operations • Public Education


Planning & Coordination Includes:

Maintaining an approved Operational Area Emergency Response Plan • Providing ongoing leadership and coordinating disaster plans and exercises with the 88 cities, 137 unincorporated communities and 288 special districts in the county • Assisting County departments to develop department emergency plans which address how they will perform both their non-deferrable missions and Operational Area duties during disasters • Assisting County departments with development of facility emergency plans for every occupied County facility • Supporting and advising the Board of Supervisors, Emergency Management Council and Emergency Preparedness Commission • Supporting and advising the Board of Supervisors in matters pertaining to their role as elected officials during emergencies and disasters.


 Cal OES - Governor's Office of Emergency Services

For Businesses & Organizations - one of 27 divisions of Cal OES

Cal OES Lgo

Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software. 

If you are not sure whether your property or business is at risk from a disaster caused natural hazards, be sure to check the MyHazards website.



CAL OES - California State Threat Assessment System 

CalStateThreatAssesmentLogoProtecting society through shared information and communication

The State Threat Assessment System (STAS) helps safeguard the communities of California by serving as a dynamic security nexus comprised of the State, four Regional and a major urban area Fusion Center.  The STAS assists in the detection, prevention, investigation and response to criminal and terrorist activity, disseminates intelligence and facilitates communications between state, local, federal, tribal agencies and private sector partners, to help them take action on threats and public safety issues. The STAS is a key component of California's Homeland Security Strategy.


(not a complete list, of course - send event info to for consideration)

California Emergency Services Association (CESA)
May, 2016 Newsletter

CESA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion of mutual support and cooperation across disciplines in preparing for natural and human caused disasters and public emergencies. We are a dynamic organization of the the leaders and practitioners in Preparedness, Response, Recovery, Mitigation, and Protection in California.

Check out CESA's Newsletter - CESA May 2016 Newsletter

Mark-Your-Calendars - CESA Annual Training Conference
Oct 4 to 7, 2016
Join us at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina where we will be "Surfing the Waves of Emergency Management". More details posted on their site:

The COPE-Preparedness Newsletter
May, 2016 Issue
COPE Preparedness Newsletter The COPE-Preparedness Newsletter is a compilation of emergency management and preparedness information important to our community stakeholders.
COPE is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission: "Promoting Emergency Preparedness through Proactive Community Outreach". COPE is a collaboration of dedicated professionals, community leaders, and concerned citizens. COPE provides preparedness training programs and community forums.

Continuity Insights

Business continuity is an organizational imperative, not just to safeguard the enterprise, but its resulting cause and effect on employees, customers, shareholders, partners, reputation, public/private partners, regulatory bodies, and many other entities. Making the case for business continuity has never been a more important discussion, as today’s professionals have clearly embraced resiliency over recovery. The limitless nature of business disruptions demand that practitioners develop comprehensive plans, engage in continuous education, and leverage today’s leading-edge technologies, methods, products, and services.

Continuity Insights Newsletter
Timely industry news, exclusive features, blogs from industry experts and new products and services are compiled in an easy to read format, making the CI Bulletin an invaluable resource for business continuity professionals who’ve subscribed to our mailing list.

Emergency Management

EM_Mg_Sr=pring2016EmergencyManMagLogoJoin 50,000 subscribers. The only media platform dedicated to fostering collaboration 

across the entire emergency management community, Emergency Management brings together the leaders who drive the nation’s prevention, protection, response and recovery operations. Our award-winning editorial coverage provides the first responder community with vital information and best practices for strategies, tactics, technical solutions and policies. Start or renew a FREE subscription today and learn about the most pressing issues and solutions in emergency management, public safety and homeland security.



Earthquake Country Alliance

Earthquake Country Alliance Logo2The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency.

ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earthquake country get prepared to survive and recover quickly, by following the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.

The links are very helpful, as well as this FEMA video: When the Earth Shakes by FEMA


USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
USGS LogoThe USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), established by Congress in 1977. We monitor and report earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquakes.

Facts, Fiction, & Friction: The Threat of Earthquakes in the U.S

March 30, 2016 "Larry King Now" Interview With Lucy Jones


“We are absolutely at risk. Plate tectonics goes on here in California. We are sitting on a plate boundary. We have to have an earthquake the size of Northridge every decade or so on average....People are afraid of dying by the earthquake, but you should really be more afraid of being bankrupted by the earthquake. Eighteen hundred dead but 213 billion dollars in losses was our estimate when we worked it all out for this. 300,000 buildings lose more than ten percent their value.”
Website highlights here Larry King Now March 30, 2016 or enjoy the entire Interview (28 minutes) here.
BICEPP wishes Dr. Jones well in her expected very busy retirement....
"Meet Lucy Jones, the Earthquake LadySmithsonian, Feb 2012

San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says....

The San Andreas fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles between Monterey County and the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. It has been quiet since then — too quiet, said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center.


California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018 - Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2016
LA Times graphic of how the system works.Early earthquake warning systemIn a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018.
 A limited rollout of the system in two years would mean that places such as classrooms, offices, shopping malls, amusement parks and police and fire stations could have ready access to alerts that would give seconds, and perhaps more than a minute, of warning before strong shaking comes in a big earthquake. LA Times graphic of how the system works.



One year into the Zika outbreak: how an obscure disease became a global health emergency

In early February 2015, doctors in the impoverished northeastern part of Brazil noticed a surge in the number of people complaining about a mild illness, with and without fever, characterized by rash, fatigue, joint pains, and red eyes. The illness was brief and recovery was spontaneous.




CDC travel advice for Olympics, ‘Zika outbreak in Brazil is dynamic’ 

RIO Olympics

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil only three months away and the Zika and dengue outbreaks running rampant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice last week for spectators of the games and the September Paralympics and offered advice for keeping healthy. 


CDC's Zika Virus Prevention: Summary for General Public in Puerto Rico
Basic info for the people of Puerto Rico, but very relevant for Southern California.

Zika and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Based on current knowledge, the greatest risk for complications from 

Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus. If a pregnant woman is infected with Zika, she can pass the virus to her fetus. Zika has been linked to cases of microcephaly, a serious birth defect, and is a sign that the baby is born with a smaller brain, which can result in medical problems and impaired development.


Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes' - Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2016
Vector Control staff working to find and eliminate water sources that are perfect breeding grounds for the Aedes mosquito.With the threat of Zika virus looming and summer approaching, that bug problem has turned into a pressing public health concern.“This is very, very, very serious,” said Edward McCabe, chief medical officer for the March of Dimes and an emeritus professor of pediatrics at UCLA. “We wouldn’t want L.A. to turn out to be ground zero for endemic Zika in the U.S."
Photo: Vector control specialists Yessenia Avilez, left, and Randy Garcia clear out the debris from a tub of water in a Silver Lake yard as they hunt for mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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