State of California Emergency Plan & Emergency Support Functions

Planning & Preparedness


​State of California Emergency Plan

State of California Emergency Plan 2​017 (PDF) - On October 1, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. promulgated the 2017 edition of the State of California Emergency Plan (SEP). The SEP describes how response to natural or human-caused emergencies occurs in California. The plan is a requirement of the California Emergency Services Act (ESA), and describes:

    • Methods for conducting emergency operations;

    • The process for rendering mutual aid;

    • Emergency services of government agencies;

    • How resources are mobilized;

    • How the public is informed;

    • How continuity of government is maintained during an emergency;

    • Hazard Mitigation (actions to reduce risk); and

    • Preparedness and Recovery from disaster.

2017 State of California Emergency Plan Executive Summary

​​California Emergency Support Functions

The 2009 State of California Emergency Plan established the California Emergency Functions. The 2017 State of California Emergency Plan transitions from Emergency Functions (EFs) to Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). California Emergency Support Functions (CA-ESFs) consist of 18 primary disciplines or activities essential to addressing the emergency management needs of communities in all phases of emergency management. Led by a State agency, each CA-ESF is designed to bring together discipline-specific stakeholders at all levels of government to collaborate and function within the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. At the state level, the CA-ESFs consist of an alliance of State agencies, departments, and other stakeholders with similar discipline-specific responsibilities. This grouping will allow each CA-ESF to collaboratively mitigate, prepare for, cohesively respond to, and effectively recover from an emergency.

Below are the original Emergency Functions Executive Summary documents from 2013.  Currently the CA-ESF Annexes are in the process of being updated.

Contact information for each Emergency Support Function can be found in the CA-ESF Points of Contact document below.

If you need additional assistance or have questions regarding the original CA-EF Annex development, please contact Andrew Rush via e-mail at or call 916-845-8698.

CA-ESF Points of Contact (July 2021)



01 CA-ESF Transportation Annex CA-ESF Transportation Annex.pdf01 CA-ESF Transportation AnnexEmergency Support Functions11/22/2021 6:12:27 PM
02 Executive Summary Communications Executive Summary Communications.pdf02 Executive Summary CommunicationsEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:46:01 PM
03 Executive Summary Construction and Engineering Annex Executive Summary Construction and Engineering Annex.pdf03 Executive Summary Construction and Engineering AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:46:21 PM
04 CA-ESF Fire and Rescue Annex CA-ESF Fire and Rescue Annex.pdf04 CA-ESF Fire and Rescue AnnexEmergency Support Functions 11/30/2021 8:39:11 PM
05 CA-ESF Management Annex CalOES CA ESF 05 Management Annex APR2021.pdf05 CA-ESF Management AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/30/2021 8:21:50 PM
06 Executive Summary Care and Shelter Annex Executive Summary Care and Shelter Annex.pdf06 Executive Summary Care and Shelter AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:47:25 PM
07 Executive Summary Resources Annex Executive Summary Resources Annex.pdf07 Executive Summary Resources AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:48:09 PM
08 Executive Summary Public Health and Medical Annex Executive Summary Public Health and Medical Annex.pdf08 Executive Summary Public Health and Medical AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:47:38 PM
10 Executive Summary Hazardous Materials Annex Executive Summary Hazardous Materials Annex.pdf10 Executive Summary Hazardous Materials AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:48:33 PM
11 Executive Summary Agriculture Annex Executive Summary Agriculture Annex.pdf11 Executive Summary Agriculture AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:48:52 PM
12 Executive Summary Utilities Annex Executive Summary Utilities Annex.pdf12 Executive Summary Utilities AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:49:09 PM
13 Executive Summary Law Enforcement Annex Executive Summary Law Enforcement Annex.pdf13 Executive Summary Law Enforcement AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:49:28 PM
14 Executive Summary Long Term Recovery Annex Executive Summary Long Term Recovery Annex.pdf14 Executive Summary Long Term Recovery AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:49:42 PM
15 Executive Summary Public Information Annex Executive Summary Public Information Annex.pdf15 Executive Summary Public Information AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:49:56 PM
17 Executive Summary Volunteer and Donations Management Executive Summary Volunteer and Donations Management Annex.pdf17 Executive Summary Volunteer and Donations ManagementEmergency Support Functions4/9/2019 10:50:23 PM
18 CA-ESF Cybersecurity Annex CalOES CA ESF 18 Cybersecurity Annex.pdf18 CA-ESF Cybersecurity AnnexEmergency Support Functions4/30/2021 8:22:04 PM

In August of 2013 EF 9 was merged into EF 4 and EF 13 as appropriate. EF 16 was merged into EF 13. ​

Additional Planning Guidelines for the State of California Emergency Plan ​

Cal OES Office of Access and Functional Needs Evacuation and Transportation Planning Guidelines - When local evacuations become necessary, considerations for the whole community including accessible transportation options, medical needs, and keeping individuals connected with their families, personal care providers, essential equipment & technologies, and service animals are important. Proper planning is essential for a successful evacuation.


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