San Joaquin County Local News: Public Safety


All Local Public Safety News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

Image caption: Many of Robert Kerbeck’s neighbors in Malibu Park lost their homes in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which left behind lots where only chimneys still stood.
Give Your Home a Fighting Chance in a Wildfire

California wildfires are becoming larger, more frequent and more ferocious. ‘Malibu Burning’ author Robert Kerbeck shares simple steps you can take to protect your home.

Image caption:
Disaster Prep: Alerts, Maps and Apps

When disaster strikes, you’ll need to have these information resources available on your smartphone.

Image caption: With CERT training, volunteers can learn firefighting skills.
Emergency Teamwork

Fires, floods, earthquakes—California’s got it all. And CERT volunteers are ready to step in.

Image caption: Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners

As California insurance companies have revoked the fire policies of thousands of homeowners, the state has taken steps to get them covered again.

Image caption: Though it’s the most famous, the San Andreas Fault is just one of more than 500 active faults in California.
Battening Down for the Big One

Making it through the earthquake is the easy part. The hard part is surviving in the chaos that follows.

Image caption: Supercell storms are just one of many weather phenomena in the era of climate change.
The New Vocabulary of the Climate Change Era

The climate change era has created a whole new set of terms for a wide variety of storms and other weather phenomena. Here are some of the most important.

Image caption:
How Not to Feel the Burn

California residents can turn to these public and private entities to help prepare for wildfires and protect their property.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained

Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

Image caption: Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population

The pesky mosquito can be deadly as well as annoying. Here’s how local governments in California have been waging war on mosquitoes for more than a century.

Image caption: California will soon be getting a new hotline number as an alternative to 911 for mental health crises.
988, the New Mental Health Emergency Number, Explained

California will soon add a new emergency hotline service with the number 988. Here’s the story behind that new service, and the original 911 number.

Image caption: States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
The State’s Broad Power to Protect Public Health, Explained

Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, states have possessed broad authority to protect public health, even to suspend laws and commandeer private property. Here’s why, and how it works.

Image caption: A Pyrocumulus cloud generated by the Dixie Fire in July, 2021.
What is Fire 'Containment?' That and Other Terms, Explained

What does it mean when firefighters call a fire "contained?" Here's a brief guide to commonly used fire prevention terminology.

California Local Pin Marker From Tracy Press...

07/12/2024
In their July 10 meeting, the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority Board of Directors approved funds in the 2024-2025 budget to provide ambulance service out of the Central Avenue headquarters.

California Local Pin Marker From LodiNews...

07/11/2024
First responders from the Lodi Fire Department were dispatched to incidents during the height of the recent heatwave on July 11.

Local News Matters Stockton logo From Local News Matters Stockton...

07/07/2024
Image for display with article titled Lodi Lake Safety Hazard: Swimming a No-Go After Test Reveals Harmful Bacteria in Water

Health officials announced a temporary ban on swimming at Lodi Lake after tests Wednesday showed unsafe levels of bacteria, the Lodi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department said.

California Local Pin Marker From Stocktonia...

07/05/2024
Stockton Police reported a local woman was injured by a falling bullet fire on July 4.

California Local Pin Marker From CalMatters...

07/03/2024
Assemblymember James Gallagher speaks during the floor session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on June 13, 2024. Photo by Cristian Gonzalez for CalMatters

California Local Pin Marker From CapPublicRadio...

06/28/2024
It's mosquito season, and West Nile virus has been detected in Yolo, Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties. CapRadio presents a guide to staying safe.

California Local Pin Marker From Manteca Bulletin...

06/27/2024
The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District reported mosquitos sampled from Stockton tested positive for West Nile virus.

California Local Pin Marker From CalMatters...

06/25/2024
Almost 400 suppliers, two-thirds in communities of color, don’t meet safety and reliability standards. Fixing them would cost billions.

California Local Pin Marker From CapPublicRadio...

06/24/2024
As COVID infections increase, CapRadio provides answers to frequently asked questions.

California Local Pin Marker From Manteca Bulletin...

06/21/2024
In the June 18 meeting of the San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency, an unofficial count of mail-in ballots from stakeholder property owners indicate passage of an increase in property tax to fund levee repairs and upgrades. The count will be verified and certified in July.

California Local Pin Marker From Los Angeles Times...

06/21/2024
Before the first official day of summer, almost 90,000 acres have been burned in California wildfires.

California Local Pin Marker From Los Angeles Times...

06/17/2024
With multiple fires already burning in the state, forecasters predict the coming fire season will be "very active."

California Local Pin Marker From Manteca Bulletin...

06/14/2024
The City of Manteca is commencing street and safety upgrades in a number of areas in the city.

California Local Pin Marker From Stocktonia...

06/07/2024
On June 6, CalFire reported the Corral Fire in San Joaquin County south of Tracy is 100% contained.

Local News Matters Stockton logo From Local News Matters Stockton...

06/04/2024
Image for display with article titled Cal Fire Cancels Burn Permits for San Joaquin, Nearby Counties as Wildfire Concerns Mount

Burn permits for outdoor residential burning will be suspended within eastern San Joaquin County starting Wednesday, June 5, Cal Fire said.

California Local Pin Marker From The Sacramento Bee...

06/02/2024
Starting around 3PM on Corral Hollow Road south of Tracy, the fire has grown to over 10,000 acres, and some residents ordered to evacuate.

California Local Pin Marker From Manteca Bulletin...

05/28/2024
The City of Manteca approved a contract with Ronin Protection Solutions for private security service for various locations in the city.

California Local Pin Marker From Manteca Bulletin...

05/20/2024
According to a Manteca Public Safety Tax Oversight Committee report, Measure M funds are paying for 18 firefighter and 20 police positions in the city.

California Local Pin Marker From Manteca Bulletin...

05/14/2024
In their May 14 meeting, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved $1.1 million in increased funding to be distributed across 19 fire districts in the county.

California Local Pin Marker From Manteca Bulletin...

05/13/2024
The City of Manteca has deployed additional license plate readers and red light cameras to fight crime and reduce traffic incidents.
Join Us Today!