State Level Exercise

Cal OES' State-Level Exercise Program

First implemented in 2004, Cal OES’ annual state-level exercise series has become the most comprehensive preparedness exercise program in the country. The annual exercise series is designed to assess emergency operations plans, policies, and procedures for all-hazards/catastrophic incidents at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.

2014 Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise Series

Planning is currently underway for the Governor’s 2014 exercise series. The series will test the California Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami Response Plan developed by FEMA Region IX and Cal OES.

Exercise Archives

Cal OES Catastrophic Plans

CSZ Plans Documents

Earthquake Resources

2014 Exercise Series Contacts

Kevin Leisher - Lead Planner and Exercise Director  Desk: 916-845-8557

Tom Tornell - Operations Chief  Desk: 916-826-8090

Duane Valenzuela- Plans Chief  Desk: 916-845-8492

Norris Cowles - Logistics Chief  Desk: 916-845-8509


Future State-Level Exercise

2015:  Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake

2016:  Catastrophic Flood (Proposed)

2017:  To Be Determined (collecting stakeholder input)

2018:  To Be Determined (collecting stakeholder input)

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Scheduled Exercises

Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami Response Plan Wrap-Up Briefing

  • September 26, 2013 - Eureka, CA​

Cascadia Subduction Zone Exercises

  • Communications Tabletop Exercise - February 5, 2014 
  • Logistics Tabletop Exercise - March 5, 2014
  • Coastal REOC Communications Functional Exercise - March 27, 2014
  • Logistics Rehearsal of Concept Drill - April 2, 2014
  • MACS Exercise - April 30, 2014
  • Air Bridge Concept Flight - May 13, 2014
  • Functional Exercise - May 14, 2014