Catastrophic Planning

The widespread impact of a catastrophic incident makes it one of the most important topics in emergency management today. A catastrophic incident is defined as any natural or manmade incident, including terrorism. A catastrophic incident may be a single incident or a series of incidents that result in:

    • Thousands of casualties and tens of thousands of displaced persons
    • Isolation of the affected area from normal supply channels and chains, leading to difficulty in getting resources to the area
    • Massive disruption of the area’s critical infrastructure (such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, medical response, and health care systems)
    • Overwhelmed response capabilities and State and local resources
    • Overwhelmed existing response strategies
    • Requirements for immediate lifesaving support from outside the affected area
    • Long-term economic impacts in the incident area, state, and Nation

Following a catastrophic incident here in California, a joint state/federal organization will provide lifesaving, life-sustaining, and other resources necessary to alleviate the consequences of the incident and encourage the recovery of the affected areas.

​Catastrophic Incident Base Plan – September 2008
Concept of Operations: Establishes the concept of operations for how state and federal officials will coordinate for all types of catastrophic disasters (pdf download).

​Northern California Catastrophic Flood Response Plan (NCCFRP)

The Northern California Catastrophic Flood Response Plan (NCCFRP) is the fourth catastrophic plan for California. The NCCFRP provides a framework outlining how  local, state, and federal governments will respond and coordinate in anticipation of and following a catastrophic flood event, with emphasis on impacts to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This FOUO version is password protected.

 
NCCFRP Cover Page
2016 Bay Area EQ Plan Cover

​​Bay Area Earthquake Plan

Developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) to describe the joint State and Federal response to a catastrophic earthquake in the Bay Area.

Counties impacted include: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.

Public Version: Provides a broad overview of the operations plan (pdf download).

FOUO Version: This is a password protected document.

​Cascadia Subduction Zone – Earthquake and Tsunami Response Plan

The California Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami Response Plan provides a framework outlining how local, tribal, state, and federal governments and private and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will respond and coordinate immediately following a catastrophic earthquake along the northern California coast.

Counties impacted include: Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino.

Public Version: Provides a broad overview of the operations plan (pdf download). 
 
FOUO Version: This is a password protected document. 
2013 Cascadia SZ EQ & Tsunami Cover
SCCEP Cover Page

Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Response Plan

The Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Response Plan (OPLAN) provides a coordinated state/federal response to a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California.

Counties impacted include: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura.

Public Version: Provides a broad overview of the operations plan (pdf download).

FOUO Version: This is a password protected document.

For additional information and/or access to the FOUO versions of the catastrophic plans, please contact the Cal OES Disaster Planning Unit.

For additional information and/or access to the FOUO versions of the catastrophic plans, please contact the Cal OES Disaster Planning Unit.

Jun Kinoshita

Jun Kinoshita

Senior Emergency Services Coordinator

Office: (916) 845-8134
Email: DisasterPlanning@CalOES.ca.gov