Administrative Orders

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Administrative Orders (AO) have a long history, which began in 1953.  AOs are agreements between Cal OES and other state agencies and/or departments that have a preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation capability in a disaster.  The latest iteration of AOs was developed as a result of Executive Order W-9-91.  Each state agency and department develops its own AO, which becomes effective when it is signed by the Cal OES Director and the agency secretary and/or department director. The AOs may delegate authority and assign responsibilities to divisions, bureaus, field offices or other components of the agency and/or department. 

AO's establish the detailed activities for each department as they relate to their role in the preparation and implementation of the California Emergency Plan which is the blueprint for the State's disaster response. 

AO's benefit state agency and departments by:

  • Summarizing and expanding upon the emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation functions of the State Agency, Department, Office, Board or Commission as is established in the California State Emergency Plan.
  • Providing for the assignment of functions to State Agencies to be performed before, during and after an emergency and for the coordination and direction of the emergency actions of such entities.
  • Guiding the Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the State Agency, Department, Office, Board or Commission Secretary/Director in coordinating priority tasks and programs that the State entity will perform with respect to emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

For more information on Administrative Orders contact:

Karen Valencia
(916) 845-8785



AO Template A Template A.docAO Template ATemplate A – May be used by Agencies and Departments that have a lead or supporting role in the State Emergency Plan and or Emergency Support Functions. Administrative Orders2/1/2018 4:30:46 PM
AO Template B Template B.docAO Template BTemplate B – May be used by Departments, Boards and Commissions that are not listed as a lead or a supporting role in the State Emergency Plan or Emergency Support Function. Administrative Orders2/1/2018 4:29:23 PM



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