(Santa Ana) – The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed three cases of measles in Orange County in the last six weeks. These cases are unrelated and thus far have not resulted in transmission to other Orange County residents. In the last five years, Orange County has only seen zero to one case of the measles per year. The Orange County Health Care Agency reminds people that the way to protect yourself and your family against the measles is to get the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2014
Contact: Captain Steve Concialdi, PIO (714) 357-7782 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynnette Round, Supervisor (714) 290-7772 or email@example.com
Subject: OCFA Line-of-Duty Death – Firefighter Apparatus Engineer Greg Hennessey
Irvine, CA – It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce the passing of Firefighter Apparatus Engineer Greg Hennessey today. He was found unconscious by crews at Fire Station 45 in Rancho Santa Margarita at 9:40 a.m. in full cardiac arrest. The crews on scene immediately rendered care and Greg was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo where he was pronounced dead at approximately 10:20 a.m. Continue reading
By: Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Recognizing the importance of bus safety, OCTA recently launched a series of videos, contests and social media messaging designed to educate both new and experienced riders about this essential topic.
The program encourages riders to “Be A Safety Hero!” by watching four short bus safety videos and taking a quiz. Their responses are entered into a drawing that randomly awards one 30-day bus pass each week through Jan. 31. Continue reading
Orange County Health Care Agency
Orange County Reports Season’s First Influenza Death
Most Influenza in the County is pH1N1
(Santa Ana) – A 28 year-old Orange County woman died last week from influenza A (pH1N1)-related disease. This is the first influenza-related death reported in the county in a person under 65 this season.
Reports of influenza disease have increased in Orange County in the last couple of weeks. The vast majority of reported cases have been Influenza A and most of those have been due to a strain called pH1N1, the same strain that has been circulating since the 2009 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued an alert discussing reports from several states of severe illness in young and middle-aged adults due to pH1N1 virus. Continue reading
The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) reminds people that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Peak flu season has not yet arrived and it is not too late to vaccinate.
Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over 50, and for those with chronic medical conditions. Continue reading
(Portions Courtesy of the National Weather Service and the Fire Safe Council East Orange County Canyons)
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of Orange County, effective from 2:00 AM on Friday, October 4, until 8:00 PM on Sunday, October 6.
“I urge all Orange County residents to be vigilant and take extra precautions during this Red Flag Warning,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer, also an Orange County Fire Authority Director, said. “The Third District’s canyon communities are particularly vulnerable in these conditions.” Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock (714) 647-7042/Gail Krause, (714) 647-1840
Public Safety Agencies Showcase Communications Equipment and Mobile Command Posts
WHAT: The California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee will be hosting a “Radio Rodeo”. The purpose of this event is to test the interoperability of radio communications equipment inside mobile command post vehicles. It will also provide a venue for first responders and emergency management employees to view the resources available in Orange County.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Continue reading
While it is not always possible to prevent disasters from wreaking havoc, the County government can ensure that the appropriate resources and procedures are in place to recover from possible catastrophes. Business continuity plans do just that. They lay out the tools that County agencies and departments will utilize in case of emergency. According to the County Chief Information Officer, all of Orange County’s agencies and departments now have comprehensive business continuity plans in place. Continue reading
Orange County Fire Authority
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2013
Subject: Mass LIVE Evacuation Drill for Cowan/Lemon Heights September 28
Santa Ana, CA – It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” for the Cowan/Lemon Heights area. The next major wildland fire is looming as the Santa Ana Winds are yet to come. Being prepared to leave is the only sure way for you and your family to make it out alive. To help these residents, a Cowan/Lemon Heights Community Evacuation Drill is being held on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Residents will be alerted to the evacuation order and sent to the evacuation center at Tustin High School (1171 El Camino Real). Continue reading
Orange County Health Care Agency, Press Release
BAT FOUND AT LAGUNA NIGUEL REGIONAL PARK TESTS POSITIVE FOR RABIES
(Santa Ana) – A bat found on the ground at shelter #7 in Laguna Niguel Regional Park on September 7, 2013 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Laguna Niguel Regional Park is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8am to 5pm or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock (714) 647 7042/Gail Krause, (714) 647-1840
Register for 4th Annual Regional Test of AlertOC with New Smartphone App
SILVERADO, California – (September 6, 2013) – New smartphone apps are now available for AlertOC, Orange County’s regional mass notification system. Available for iPhone and Android smartphones, these apps will allow users to receive push notifications, review past messages, update contact information, and set device and language preferences. Smartphone users can find the app by searching “Blackboard MyConnect” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Continue reading
Orange County Health Care Agency, Press Release
HIGH TEMPERATURES BRING RISK OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
(Santa Ana) – Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures above 95 degrees this week and into the weekend, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat. Continue reading