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2022 EOP Reviews

In accordance with Government Code 8593.2, subdivision (c) and Government Code 8610, subdivision (c), Cal OES has begun reviewing County Emergency Operations Plans (EOPS).

The 10 counties selected for review in 2022 have been notified.  Those counties will submit their EOP and a completed EOP crosswalk to their Cal OES Regional Branch.  

As required by Government Code 8593.2, subdivision (a), any county that updates its EOP must also submit its EOP to Cal OES.  To allow time for review, possible access and functional needs consultation, and incorporation of feedback, counties should submit their updated EOP to Cal OES 90 days prior to planned approval and adoption.  EOP updates should also be submitted (with completed crosswalk) to their Cal OES Regional Branch.

Updated EOP Crosswalk

The EOP Crosswalk has been revised to incorporate recent legislation.  However, it is still in draft form as the crosswalk is tested and improved.  For a copy of the draft crosswalk, contact the Community Planning Unit at

Fact Sheet: Updates to County Emergency Plan Legislation

Between 2016 and 2021, there have been six bills amending or adding to Government Code regulating county emergency plans.  These bills introduce new requirements regarding county emergency plans (1) submission, (2) content and planning process, and (3) review.  The Updates to County Emergency Plan Legislation Fact Sheet lists the bills and summarizes the new requirements.

County Emergency Plan Submission Deadline March 1, 2022

Per Government Code 8593.2, subdivision (a), a county shall send a copy of its emergency plan to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) on or before March 1, 2022, and upon any update to the plan after that date.  For the purposes of this requirement and subsequent review, counties will submit their Operational Area (OA) plans if the OA plan serves as the county plan. Plans will be submitted to the Cal OES Regional Branch.

State of California Planning Best Practices for County Emergency Plans


Draft Best Practices for County Emergency Plans

Draft State of California Planning Best Practices for County Emergency Plans - 
On September 29, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2968 – County Emergency Plans: Best Practices (Rodriguez) into law. This addition to the Government Code requires the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to "develop best practices for counties developing and updating a county emergency plan" by January 1, 2022. Accordingly, Cal OES offers this draft Planning Best Practices for County Emergency Plans.

This draft document is a compilation of methods and techniques successfully employed by a diverse group of public and private emergency management practitioners. The best practices in this document were selected from reviews of After Action Reports, Listos California community discussions, federal planning guidance such as Comprehensive Planning Guidance 101 (CPG 101), and Whole Community Planning Specialist Committee meetings. Planning Best Practices for County Emergency Plans is considered a living document and will continue to be updated to impart beneficial practices in emergency management in order to meet the needs of California's county emergency planners and the diverse communities they serve.

Submit Best Practices and/or Lessons Learned

Do you have Best Practices and/or Lessons Learned for emergency planning that you would like to share? 
If so, please take a moment to submit them here:

​Whole Community Planning Guidance (WCPG)

What is WCPG?
WCPG is a system which provides guidance and best practices for emergency planning throughout the State of California.

Who is WCPG for?
WCPG is intended for use by Operational Area (OA) emergency planners, however it can be used by emergency planners at all levels (i.e., cities, special districts, non-profit organizations, tribal nations, the private sector, etc.)

When was WCPG created?
WCPG is still in development. As additional products are created or updated, they will be posted on this page.

Why was WCPG created?
Local level emergency management representatives identified a gap in standardized emergency planning, as well as a need to share best practices, lessons learned, and overall guidance for emergency planning. 

WCPG was created to address these gaps and to address the requirements set forth by AB 2968 – Rodriguez.

How is WCPG created?
WCPG is still being developed. The process is led by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Community Planning Unit (CPU) in conjunction with representatives from all stakeholder areas, including cities, OAs, special districts, regions, state agencies, and tribal staff & emergency planners. 

Local Emergency Plans (Best Practices)

The following links to County plans are provided as a resource to Operational Areas when developing/updating their emergency operations plans.

Additional Best Practices

State of California Best Practices for Allowing Pets on Public Transit (Public Utilities Code 99166) - Senate Bill 397 was approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 9, 2019 becoming law and known as Public Utilities Code (PUC) 99166 which required the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in consultation with public transit operator’s and county emergency management officials to develop best practices for allowing pets on public transit vehicles serving areas under an evacuation order.

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.

Submit Best Practices and/or Lessons Learned

Do you have Best Practices and/or Lessons Learned for emergency planning that you would like to share? 
If so, please take a moment to submit them here:


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