The effectiveness of any government’s emergency response efforts depends in large part on a comprehensive integrated communications capability. A reliable, sophisticated communications system is of paramount importance, for not only major disasters, but for day-to-day public safety needs as well. In times of disaster the preservation of life and property depend on a swift and coordinated response of both resources and personnel. The ability to communicate is a key factor in managing the response effort. Good reliable communications is essential. The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) Telecommunications Section is responsible for Interoperable and Emergency Telecommunications in the state. To accomplish this task, Cal EMA maintains a Warning Center and a State Operations Communications Center at its Mather Headquarters, and Region Communications Centers at each Administrative Region that provide communication resources at Cal EMA Offices. The Cal EMA Telecommunications Section also coordinates various statewide communications, communications assets and assists local governments in communications planning.
Cal EMA Telecommunications Branch coordinates the following Programs and Functions: