For Businesses & Organizations

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​Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.

If you are not sure whether your property or business is at risk from a disaster caused natural hazards, be sure to check the MyHazards website.

​​Five steps to develop your business preparedness program

Program Management

    • Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program
    • Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your program


    • Gather Information about hazards and assess risks
    • Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA)
    • Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks


    • Write a preparedness plan adressing the following:
      • Resource management
      • Emergency response
      • Crisis communications
      • Business continuity
      • Information technology
      • Employee assistance
      • Incident management
      • Training

Testing and Exercises

    • Test and evaluate your plan
    • Define different types of exercises
    • Learn how to conduct exercises
    • Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan

Program Improvement

    • Identify when the preparedness program needs to be reviewed
    • Discover methods to evaluate the preparedness program
    • Utilize the review to make necessary changes and plan improvements

Protect Your Property

As the cost of disasters continue to rise, it is necessary to take sustained action to reduce or eliminae long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. Securing the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards, especially during sharing from an earthquake or from an explosion is critical in protecting yourself.

Part of your preparedness plan would be identifying items that could create hazards and identifying measures to secure them safely. The links below provide more information on planning and protection.

What's the State's Emergency Plan?

On June 23, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promulgated the 2009 edition of the State of California Emergency Plan. The plan outlines a state-level strategy to support local government efforts during a large-scale emergency. In accordance with the California Emergency Services Act, the State Emergency Plan describes:

  • ​Methods for carrying out emergency operations;
  • The process for rendering mutual aid;
  • Emergency services of governmental agencies;
  • How resources are mobilized;
  • Emergency public information; and
  • Continuity of government

​Available Grants

Cal OES Grant Management section administers federal and state funds for criminal justice, emergency management, victim services, and homeland security programs. We also develop and manage grant programs that provide services through government agencies, nonprofit, community and faith based organizations.

These grants enable, improve and enhance effective prevention, detection, victim services, and response and recovery efforts.

​​CA 9-1-1 Information

The State of California has actively worked to provide enhanced 9-1-1 services to Californians for nearly thirty years. The people of our state continue to benefit from the foundation upon which California's 9-1-1 system has been built and administered. California has successfully implemented and supported various emerging technologies to include wireless 9-1-1 call delivery, as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) 9-1-1.
While the existing 9-1-1 network and system remains a success story, it has been stretched to its limit because of relentless technology advances. The Public Safety Communications Branch at Cal OES is tasked to support the exciting new technologies with a new, state-of-the-art 9-1-1 network for California-a network that will allow the pinpointing of callers based on geographic coordinates, and a network that will champion exciting new ways of delivering information to emergency responders including texting, instant messaging, picture and video delivery. Click on the links below for more information.


The Governor's Office of Emergency Services' Training Division provides support to the First Responder community of California by providing training referrals, the coordinated delivery of training and training materials, partnerships with federal, state and local training providers. The Training Division will ensure the most comprehensive access to training courses which enhance the capability to accomplish the critical mission areas of Prevent, Protect, Respond, Mitigate and Recover in support of the California statewide training strategy.

If you are interested in any of the trainings offered, you may contact the Cal OES Training branch Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 916-845-8752.

Events for ​Businesses & Organizations



The Great California ShakeOut! Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=3The Great California ShakeOut! Drop, Cover, and Hold On!ShakeOut Drill : Drop, Cover, and Hold On!10/19/2017 5:15:00 PM10/19/2017 5:30:00 PMStatewide<p>​ShakeOut</p>{2C87E204-6FB9-49B2-8126-D97C7994CB9C}GP0|#4daae993-80e8-4ce5-8bd0-cb49d5762fb3;L0|#04daae993-80e8-4ce5-8bd0-cb49d5762fb3|Earthquake, Tsunami & Volcano Programs;GTSet|#35129ea4-2b69-4523-92bc-aa23dc2aa4fb0x0100E06C2D919CFD734A97280E79E87DD00B010100FB1A34566D6EF1459FB33E217AE4EC923
Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committee (MARAC) Region V Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=50Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committee (MARAC) Region VMARACs are a principal source of input and information in the SEMS Maintenance System. Recommendations from these committees to the SEMS Technical Group provide a means by which SEMS is maintained and improved. 10/25/2017 4:00:00 PM10/25/2017 5:00:00 PMClovis Fire Training Center, 1233 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93612{46DB5CB9-D437-46A8-BE89-62D45FF60956}GP0|#065b718b-d598-44fd-a2c9-9f3cb3db8020;L0|#0065b718b-d598-44fd-a2c9-9f3cb3db8020|Regional Operations;GTSet|#35129ea4-2b69-4523-92bc-aa23dc2aa4fb0x0100E06C2D919CFD734A97280E79E87DD00B010100387324FD6D07944F8CCE6F443C5B6EED50
Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committee (MARAC) Southern Mutual Aid Regions I and VI Meeting Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=30Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committee (MARAC) Southern Mutual Aid Regions I and VI MeetingMutual Aid Region I and VI, they hold joint quarterly meetings. MARAC meetings were established to facilitate regional coordination and influence regional and state emergency management programs.10/26/2017 3:00:00 PM10/26/2017 7:30:00 PM LA County Department of Public Works Conference Room B 900 S. Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803{50BBBD64-2B78-404D-8C59-35933457DC3B}GP0|#065b718b-d598-44fd-a2c9-9f3cb3db8020;L0|#0065b718b-d598-44fd-a2c9-9f3cb3db8020|Regional Operations;GTSet|#35129ea4-2b69-4523-92bc-aa23dc2aa4fb0x0100E06C2D919CFD734A97280E79E87DD00B010100387324FD6D07944F8CCE6F443C5B6EED30
CANCELLED: State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Meeting Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=22CANCELLED: State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) MeetingThe State Emergency Response Commission CANCELLEED the public meeting scheduled for October 26, 2017 at CalOES Headquarters.10/26/2017 8:30:00 PM10/26/2017 11:00:00 PM3650 Schriever Ave Mather, CA 95655 Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2<p>​The State Emergency Response Commission CANCELLED the public meeting scheduled for October 26, 2017 at CalOES Headquarters.</p>{D06A4CA1-3B1A-4C5C-9CD5-14F17B67A91E}GP0|#8956b78c-ade5-4aa1-b9a6-2981aed508bc;L0|#08956b78c-ade5-4aa1-b9a6-2981aed508bc|Fire & Rescue;GTSet|#35129ea4-2b69-4523-92bc-aa23dc2aa4fb0x0100E06C2D919CFD734A97280E79E87DD00B0101000BEFB8DAF9062147909BB37E58F5E3B822


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