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Emergency Preparedness


The Chancellor’s Office is dedicated in keeping districts, campuses, staff and students safe. The Chancellor’s Office, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, developed emergency preparedness standards and guidelines to assist districts and campuses in the event of a natural disaster, hazardous conditions, or terrorist activity.

This page has links and resources that should assist districts in locating information for planning an emergency preparedness plan.

Chancellor’s Office Emergency Preparedness Guidelines Memorandum (pdf)
Emergency Planning Process (pdf)

Accommodation for Students and FTES Allowances Due to Emergency Conditions Memorandum (pdf)


Assembly Bill No. 767
An act to amend Section 71095 of the Education Code, relating to community colleges.
[Approved by Governor July 14, 2015. Filed with Secretary of State July 14, 2015.]

SECTION 1. Section 71095 of the Education Code is amended to read:
71095. (a) The chancellor’s office, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, shall develop emergency preparedness standards and guidelines to assist community college districts and campuses in the event of a natural disaster, hazardous condition, or terrorist activity on or around a community college campus.
(b) The standards and guidelines shall be developed in accordance with the Standardized Emergency Management System and the National Incident Management System, and shall be reviewed by the Office of Emergency Services in a manner that is consistent with existing policy. In developing the standards and guidelines, the chancellor’s office shall consider including all of the following:
(1) Information on establishing a campus emergency management team.
(2) Provisions regarding overview training for every employee within one year of commencement of employment.
(3) Information on specialized training for employees who may be designated as part of an emergency management team.
(4) Information on preparedness, prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation policies and procedures.
(5) Information on coordinating with the appropriate local, state, and federal government authorities, and nongovernmental entities on comprehensive emergency management and preparedness activities.
(6) A response plan for an active shooter on or around a community college campus.
(c) On or before January 1, 2017, and on or before January 1 every five years thereafter, the chancellor’s office shall review and update, as necessary, the standards and guidelines developed pursuant to this section.

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
Disasters come in many forms, can occur anywhere at any time and run the gambit from natural causes such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and severe storms to man-made causes such as an active shooter and chemical spills. Knowing how to react and respond in a time of crisis can go a long way to keeping you and your students out of harm’s way. Whether in day care, K-12 or a college/university, school emergency preparedness efforts and emergency plans help to keep students and staff safe. 

CalOES - State of California Emergency Plan

CalOES - For Schools and Educators

California Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security
Missions include preventing terrorism and enhancing security; managing our borders; administering immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring disaster resilience.

The Department of Homeland Security provides the coordinated, comprehensive federal response in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency while working with federal, state, local, and private sector partners to ensure a swift and effective recovery effort.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS TA)

Statewide Emergency Planning Committee
The Statewide Emergency Planning Committee (SWEPC) is an informal organization comprised primarily of state agency emergency liaison personnel. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) coordinates SWEPC and holds meetings in Sacramento.

The Interagency Board
The mission of the InterAgency Board is to strengthen the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond safely and effectively to emergencies, disasters, and CBRNE incidents.

CCCCO Emergency Conditions Memorandum (February 24, 2017)

California Assembly Bill 2306 Emergency Services Act

California Assembly Bill 2311 Accessibility to Emergency Information and Services

California Declaration of Local Emergency (Government Code 8630-8634)

California Disaster Assistance Act
The California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) authorizes the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to administer a disaster assistance program that provides financial assistance from the state for costs incurred by local governments as a result of a disaster event.

California Emergency Services Act 2015

California State of Emergency Plan

Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)
Local governments must use SEMS to be eligible for funding of their response-related personnel costs under state disaster assistance programs.

In order to respond to frequent and multiple disasters occurring anytime and anywhere in the state, it is important that emergency response agencies operate within a clear and consistent organizational structure. Public agencies are increasingly required to manage the costs of emergencies more effectively with fewer resources. Many different agencies must work together effectively to protect lives, property and the environment during disasters. SEMS facilitates priority setting, interagency cooperation, and the efficient flow of resources and information. 

The Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) is the cornerstone of California’s emergency response system and the fundamental structure for the response phase of emergency management. The system unifies all elements of California’s emergency management community into a single integrated system and standardizes key elements.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)
A condition for Federal preparedness assistance (through grants, contracts, and other activities), districts need to adopt NIMS as part of their emergency preparedness plan.

FEMA NIMS Website:
CALOES NIMS Requirements (pdf)
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. The State of California adopted NIMS on February 8, 2005, by Executive Order S-2-05.

Asbestos Clean-up
CalEPA debris removal information

CalEPA fire response and recovery


  • DHS Active Shooter Preparedness


  • California Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site