The Cal OES Preparedness Branch develops and maintains state-level emergency plans and guidance that engage the whole community by using an all-hazards planning process that represents the actual stakeholders from the community, both local and state government leaders, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.
The Branch administers the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) Maintenance System, coordinates the state’s activities in the federal National Incident Management System (NIMS) and provides technical assistance in Radiological-Nuclear, and Homeland Security areas. During emergencies and disasters, the Preparedness Branch provides trained personnel and subject matter expertise to support response and recovery activities at the State Operations Center, Regional Emergency Operations Centers, and other essential facilities.
The Preparedness Branch also coordinates the development and maintenance of the State Emergency Plan, which outlines the organizational structure and procedures for the State’s response to natural and manmade disasters, and the California Continuity Planning Guidance and Plan which provides direction to the State executive branch agencies for developing continuity plans and program which facilitates the performance of executive branch essential functions during all-hazards emergencies or other situations that may disrupt normal operations.
Branch staff assists local governments and other state agencies in developing their own emergency preparedness and response plans in accordance with the SEMS, NIMS and the State Emergency Plan.
Planning and Preparedness Division Goals and Objectives (pdf download)
Division and Units
The Preparedness Branch Manager oversees the activities of two major divisions and branch level programs. The Planning Division Chief supervises the Disaster Planning Unit and Emergency Function Planning Unit. The Technological Hazards and Systems Division Chief supervises the Radiological Preparedness Unit and Emergency Management Systems Unit. The principle program responsibilities for each unit are displayed below.
Preparedness Branch: Moustafa Abou-Taleb, Branch Manager
Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program (DSWVP)
Documents, Publications and Plans
Planning Division: Tina Walker, Division Chief
The Earthquake and Tsunami Program is now under the Planning, Preparedness and Prevention Directorate.