By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Did you know March is designated as National Severe Weather Awareness Month? As Fire Chiefs we exchange best practices during significant incidents or events. Many times these are weather related incidents. When I listen to my constituents across the country, they discuss their tornadoes, hurricanes, snow storms, severe floods, thunderstorms etc. I am amazed at what some states have to contend with. No doubt, these can be deadly and damaging. When my turn is up, there seems to be a chuckle about California weather and being the “Golden State.” No doubt, we are fortunate to have some of the best weather than most states and the other Fire Chiefs love to rib me about it!

Truth is, we do have our share of severe weather, a bit different from other states, but without out a doubt, we do have severe weather in California. Depending on where you live, we can have severe winds, flashfloods, drought, heat waves, snow, rip currents and high waves, lightning, poor air quality from wildfires just to name a few.

It is our responsibility to educate the communities we serve not only fire and life safety information, but the hazards associated with the various types of weather.


The National Weather Service (NWS) provided this “all hazards weather guide for you to use as a PSA with your local news, cable TV, newspaper, social media and other sites you use to disseminate information to your communities.

Depending on the type and severity, weather patterns can easily strain and stretch our resources. Keeping your community educated and prepared, can help mitigate death, damage and injuries.

So what is your choice today – Umbrella or Sunscreen? Only in California!