California sends Hawaii to support immediate threat of Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio

Sacramento, California - At the direction of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., specially trained personnel from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California National Guard (CNG) with emergency response and management expertise have been deployed to assist with emergency response activities in Hawaii.

During their four-week deployment, Cal OES and CNG personnel will use their specialized technical skills to help Hawaiian emergency management officials at the state's Emergency Operations Center in Honolulu support the state's response to Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio.

The California contingent is part of a 10-person team being formed by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI EMA) through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to help the state with response operations.

"We are leaning forward in assisting our state partners in Hawaii as they face the immediate threat of Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio as well as the challenges that will follow," said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. "California knows all too well how disasters can impact lives, communities and the agencies that serve them."

The Cal OES Director noted that assistance provided to first responders by personnel assigned to local and state emergency operations centers is critical to helping protect lives, property and the environment are critical.

"The personnel from Cal OES and the California National Guard deployed to Hawaii are highly trained and experienced in operations, logistics and other emergency operations center functions," Ghilarducci said. "We are confident that their support of emergency officials in the state's emergency operations centerĀ in Hawaii will help the first responders meet the life safety and immediate post-hurricane needs of their residents."

EMAC, which includes the participation of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Island, is a mutual-aid system that helps affected states and territories obtain skilled personnel and critical services from one another during and after governor-declared disasters.

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