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The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) coordinates overall state agency response to major disasters in support of local government. The agency is responsible for assuring the state’s readiness to respond to and recover from natural, manmade, and war-caused emergencies, and for assisting local governments in their emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts. During emergencies, Cal OES may activate the State Operations Center (SOC) in Sacramento and the Regional Emergency Operations Centers (REOCs) in impacted areas to receive and process local requests for assistance. Cal OES maintains the State Emergency Plan, which outlines the organizational structure for state management of the response to natural and manmade disasters. Cal OES assists local governments and other state agencies in developing their own emergency preparedness and response plans, in accordance with the Standardized Emergency Management System, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the State Emergency Plan, for all incidents including earthquakes, floods, fires, hazardous material incidents, nuclear power plant emergencies, and dam breaks.

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