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State of California Emergency Plan & Emergency Support Functions

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State of California Emergency Plan

The State of California Emergency Plan (SEP) provides an overview of how to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from  natural or human-caused emergencies 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
    • The Roles and Responsibilities of state government agencies during emergencies
    • California Emergency Support and Recovery Support Functions
    • How resources are mobilized
    • How the public is informed
    • How continuity of government is maintained during an emergency
    • Mitigation programs
    • Emergency Planning and Preparedness
    • Response Operations
    • Recovery Operations
    • Emergency Operation Plan development and Maintenance

Current State Emergency Plan

California Emergency Support Functions

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.

CA-ESF Point of Contact List (May 2022)

Andrew Rush

Andrew Rush

Senior Emergency Services Coordinator

Office: (916) 845-8698
Email: Andrew.Rush@CalOES.ca.gov