Responsible for the immediate protection of life, property, and the environment. The Response Division includes the State Operations Center, Regional Emergency Management Operations, Mutual Aid Programs/Coordination, Fire and Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism, Infrastructure Protection and Mitigation, California State Warning Center, and Emergency Telecommunications and Continuity of Government.
Public AssistanceAdministers state and federal Public Assistance programs, such as the California Disaster Assistance Act, Fire Management Assistance Grants, and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, which provide disaster- related financial assistance for emergency protective measures, debris removal, permanent restoration of public facilities and infrastructure, and certain mitigation measures.
Technical Assistance ProgramsProvides assistance to Cal OES, other state agencies, local governments, and the private sector on issues requiring technical expertise, such as engineering, geology, and environmental and historical subjects. Responsible for managing and coordinating the Safety Assessment Program, providing training to engineers, architects, and certified building inspectors to perform safety evaluations to impacted structures after an emergency. Also responsible for assisting local jurisdictions with disaster debris removal issues and plan development; training and coordinating joint FEMA/state preliminary damage assessments; Emergency Management Assistance Compact reimbursement processing; and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta program issues.
Hazard Mitigation Grant ProgramAdministers the Hazard Mitigation Grants Program and provides subject matter expertise to local governments and other eligible applicants regarding mitigation activities, application development, and grant management.
Individual AssistanceCoordinates with local, state, federal, and voluntary/nonprofit entities to provide recovery assistance following a disaster impacting individuals and households, businesses, and/or agricultural communities in California. Conducts preliminary damage assessments, coordinates staffing for Local Assistance Centers, coordinates with federal disaster assistance programs, and provides referral information. Acts as the statewide Voluntary Agency Liaison for voluntary and faith-based organizations and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and is Administrator for the California Portal of the National Donations Management Network.
Develops and maintains emergency plans, conducts training and exercises, and maintains prevention and mitigation.
Procurement and Logistical ServicesProvides day-to-day operations of business services and facility support, including property management, facility leasing, records and forms management, courier services, shipping and receiving, and reproduction services. Also responsible for fleet administration, contracting and procurement, and property inventory control.
Radio CommunicationsProvides public safety communications used by public safety agencies within California and consists of Client Engineering and Operations Services. Responsible for planning, engineering, installing, maintaining, repairing, and operating the state’s Public Safety Communications radio systems, as well as the state’s microwave network. Supports 25 statewide analog, digital, and trunked radio systems. Provides services to all federal, state, and local public safety agencies through the RadioCal program.
Grants ProcessingProcesses all federal and state funding obligations, reimbursement and advance payment requests, and debt recovery functions for Cal OES grant recipients.
Grants MonitoringProvides fiscal and administrative oversight to more than70 different federal grant programs, comprised of approximately $1.4 billion in federal awards administered by Cal OES, through review of an organization’s processes to ensure compliance with the rules, laws, and guidelines governing federal grant awards. Annually reviews approximately 500 subgrantees to ensure fiscal and administrative compliance with federal and state policies and regulations.Internal Audit OfficePerforms audits on Cal OES’ internal operations to ensure effective and efficient operations; compliance with state and federal rules, laws, and regulations; and the reliability of Cal OES’ financial reports.FiscalProvides financial analysis and consultation on state operations to the various directorates including monitoring and reconciling monthly budget expenditures and allocations to ensure they are operating within their budget allotments.