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Anniversary of the Oroville Dam Crisis

We are coming up on the three year anniversary of the Oroville Dam crisis. It is a time to think about and reflect upon the acts of heroics conducted by those members of the Butte County Correctional Officers Association.

On February 7, 2017, the main spillway of the Oroville Dam was damaged. The California Department of Water Resources stopped the water release of the main spillway in an attempt to assess the damage and come up with a plan on how to address it.

Continuing rain and water runoff in February continued to raise the water levels of Lake Oroville. On February 11, 2017 the emergency spillway was used for the first time in the near 50 year history of the Oroville Dam. Erosion of the emergency spillway was expected but progressed much further than anticipated.

On February 12, 2017, advanced corrosion of the emergency spillway was threatening to collapse a concrete weir and send a 30-foot wall of water down the Feather River. The wall of water would have flooded and caused massive damage in the communities downstream of the Feather River and risking many lives.

An evacuation was ordered in Butte, Yuba, and Sutter counties along the Feather River. By February 13th over 188,000 people living in the lower basin of the Feather River were evacuated.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea ordered the evacuation of the Butte County jail. It was the first time in Butte County jail’s history that it had to be evacuated. Correctional Deputies of the Butte County jail rushed into Oroville, risking their lives, while the entire town was being evacuated to assist in safely, and professionally evacuate all 578 inmates.

An armada of 37 different transport vehicles varying from patrol cars, transport vans, and even county school buses were utilized to transport the Butte County Jail’s inmate population to the Santa Rita Jail in the city of Dublin, California. From the order to evacuate to getting the inmates rehoused in the Santa Rita Jail took a total of 13.5 hours. 24 Butte County Correctional Deputies stayed and worked in the Santa Rita Jail for six days. The inmates were returned to the Butte County Jail on February 18th.

During this unprecedented event, none of the Correctional Deputies or inmates were hurt or injured and no inmates escaped.

The Correctional Deputies and Correctional Technicians involved during the Oroville Dam incident received letters of commendations from the Sheriff for their heroic efforts during a state of emergency for risking their lives to make sure the jail was evacuated.

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Peer Support Training

From February 2, 2020 to February 5, 2020 multiple members of the BCCOA attended a 24-Hour Peer Support training.

Both mental health and personal wellness are very important within the first responder community and the BCCOA recognizes it. The training went over various strategies to help support their peers within the BCCOA and within the wider first responder community.

Those who attended the training were made more familiar with available resources that they can utilize within the area to better support the physical and mental health needs of those within the BCCOA.

The Butte County Sheriff Office recently developed a Wellness phone application for the members to utilize to help get in contact of peer supporters, information for stress management, chaplain support, therapists, and the employee assistant programs.

Butte County Sheriff Office is also going to be putting on various Yoga for First Responders programs to help relieve stress and support physical and mental well being among the first responders.

We at the BCCOA are proud of our members who have signed up to be peer supporters.

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REMEMBERING 9/11

REMEMBERING 9/11
September 11th, 2001 rocked America to the core. We will always remember the bravery, strength, and courage the first responders portrayed on that day. On September 11th, please take a moment to honor the 343 heroes who lost their lives. Check out the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website to find a memorial near you.
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INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.

Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:

Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords.
Do not use usernames or passwords that include your name, birthdate, important numbers, or where you live.
Keep your location safe. Never share where you live or where you are with anyone. It is important to keep the locations of others safe as well.
Do not share photos of you or your family members.
Do not use numbers that are personally identifiable such as your driver's license number, wedding date, VIN numbers, locker combination, social security number, or any other type of number that can help predators identify you.

These preventions can be applied to all aspects of web use for communicating online, socializing, sharing images, gaming, purchasing products, identity theft, fraud, and others.

For Kids:
Never give out personal information such as where you live, your name, and your phone number when in a chat room.
Never send a picture of yourself without a parent's permission.
Do not continue speaking with a person that has made you feel scared or uncomfortable. Tell a parent if this happens.
Without your parent's permission, don't meet someone or have them visit you.
Do not trust anyone, they could be lying to you.
To be safe, keep the computer in a room used often by family members.
Speak out when you are being bullied. Telling an adult is not a sign of weakness. Tell a trusted adult if you are being bullied.

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Crime Prevention

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Simple Crime Prevention:

Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life:

-Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone.

-Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else. Do not give thieves the opportunity. Put valuables in the trunk or cover them so they are not visible from the outside.

-Do not leave packages on your door step or allow mail to pile up at your door. It is a sign that you are not home or that you do not care for your mail.

-Leave a light on throughout the night inside or outside your house to tell burglars you're at home.

-When attacked, strike back by hitting a vulnerable spot or create a distraction to flee quickly.

-Do not fight back for your possessions if the thief is armed.

-Be cautious of strangers who want to use your phone.

-Check the floor and backseat of your car before getting in.

-Be defensive when driving. Park in well lit areas and gather all of your items before getting out.

-When using public transportation, wait in well lit areas, stand near other people, and use a schedule that reduces your wait time. But above all, be aware of strangers.

-While at home, do not answer the door for anyone that puts you in an uncomfortable situation.

-Keep doors and windows locked, install deadbolts on exterior doors, and have a lock on your bedroom door.

These simple things can keep you a lot safer and promote others to be safe as well.

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