With over 38 million residents (12% of the population), the State of California is the most populous state in the nation and has the third largest land area among the states (163,695 square miles). California is culturally, ethnically, economically, ecologically, and politically diverse, and maintains the eighth largest economy in the world with 13 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. California also faces numerous risks and threats to our people, property, economy, environment and is prone to earthquakes, floods, significant wildfires, prolonged drought impacts, public health emergencies, cybersecurity attacks, agricultural and animal disasters, as well threats to homeland security. Cal OES takes a proactive approach to addressing these risks, threats, and vulnerabilities that form the basis of our mission and has been tested through real events, as well as comprehensive exercises that help us maintain our state of readiness and plan for and mitigate impacts.
Integrity: We maintain trust by fulfilling our mission with honesty, accountability, and transparency.
Service: We are dedicated to carrying out the duties and responsibilities entrusted to us and upholding a shared and principled commitment to our mission.
Respect: We recognize and value the diversity that exists within our organization, throughout our communities, and among our partners while demonstrating concern and compassion for all.
Resiliency: We promote safe and prepared communities with the strength to withstand or rebound from any event or emergency.
Goal 1. Anticipate and enhance prevention and detection capabilities to protect our State from all hazards and threats.
Goal 2. Strengthen California’s ability to plan, prepare for, and provide resources to mitigate the impacts of disasters, emergencies, crimes, and terrorist events.
Goal 3. Effectively respond to and recover from both human-caused and natural disasters.
Goal 4. Enhance the administration and delivery of all state and federal funding, and maintain fiscal and program integrity.
Goal 5. Develop a united and innovative workforce that is trained, experienced, knowledgeable, and ready to adapt and respond.
Goal 6. Strengthen capabilities in public safety communication services and technology enhancements.