April 2016 SEMS Update:
The SEMS Maintenance System is currently looking at the EOC Credentialing Guidelines for Type I, II, and III. The SEMS Technical Group has reviewed and analyzed the EOC Credentialing Guidelines and has recommended the document to the SEMS Advisory Board for approval at the July meeting. For more information please contact Diane Kuncz, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cal OES NIMS web page provides information on the Federal NIMS Update.
In order to respond to frequent and multiple disasters occurring anytime and anywhere in the state, it is important that emergency response agencies operate within a clear and consistent organizational structure. Public agencies are increasingly required to manage the costs of emergencies more effectively with fewer resources. Many different agencies must work together effectively to protect lives, property and the environment during disasters. SEMS facilitates priority setting, interagency cooperation, and the efficient flow of resources and information.
What is SEMS?
The Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) is the cornerstone of California’s emergency response system and the fundamental structure for the response phase of emergency management. The system unifies all elements of California’s emergency management community into a single integrated system and standardizes key elements.
- Incident Command System (ICS),
A field-level emergency response system based on management by objectives.
- Multi/ Inter-agency coordination,
Affected agencies working together to coordinate allocations of resources and emergency response activities.
- Mutual aid,
A system for obtaining additional emergency resources from non-affected jurisdictions.
- Operational Area Concept -
County and its sub-divisions to coordinate damage information, resource requests and emergency response.
Cal OES has developed a SEMS Maintenance System to address the need for changes. The three-tiered system encompasses an Advisory Board, Technical Group, and Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committees (MARACs). Collectively, these multi-agency groups ensure changes are made to the system when necessary. They include representatives from all disciplines involved in emergency response. The Cal OES Emergency Management Systems Unit (EMSU) supports these multi-agency groups to ensure the improvements are methodically reviewed, evaluated, and approved.
SEMS is required by the California Emergency Services Act 2015 Edition (ESA) for managing multiagency and multijurisdictional responses to emergencies in California. State agencies are required to use SEMS and local government entities must use SEMS in order to be eligible for any reimbursement of response-related costs under the state’s disaster assistance programs.
An Approved Course of Instruction (ACI) is available, consisting of four courses:
- Introduction to SEMS
- Field Operations
- Emergency Operations Center Course
- Executive Course
Each course contains modules that can be used either as a series or separately, depending on the training needs of the organization. For additional training information email Michael Brady, Michael.Brady@caloes.ca.gov.
Diane Kuncz(916) 845-8781 officeDiane.Kuncz@caloes.ca.gov
Cindy Shipley(916) 845-8753 officeCynthia.Shipley@caloes.ca.gov
The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the overall statewide integration of the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to meet federal NIMS requirements and timeframes. NIMS was developed by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-5 to ensure that all levels of government across the nation have the capability to work efficiently and effectively together, using a national approach to domestic incident management.