Emergency Management Resources

Disaster Assistance

  • Active Incidents in California (Cal OES)
    Find information on current incidents and emergencies from the California State Operations Center.
  • Disaster Assistance Resource Guide - English and Spanish (Cal OES/CalHHS)
    Find information providing both disaster and non-disaster-related information regarding federal, state, and local assistance services available in California in English and Spanish.
  • Disaster Help Center (CDSS)
    Find information and resources regarding public assistance and services available to individuals and families impacted by California wildfires and other natural disasters or emergencies including a Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Californians in both English and Spanish.
  • Disaster Resources (CDSS)
    Find help and information related to Fire and Public Safety Power Shutoff, as well as information to assist facilities and people impacted by wildfires.
  • Emergency Resource Guide - English and Spanish (CalHHS)
    California Health and Human Services Agency list of emergency resources

Disaster Planning

  • Heat Readiness (The Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communications)
    Heat is deadlier than any other weather hazard. Be prepared for extreme heat events and find tips and resources to help you stay safe.
  • Summer of Safety (Listos California)
    Resources to help keep your family, friends, and neighbors safe this summer during wildfire, smoke, heat, power outages, and dangerous water conditions.
  • Storm Season Safety (Listos California)
    Simple steps you can take today to keep yourself, your loved ones and neighbors safe during the winter storm season.

Disaster Plans

  • California Emergency Support Function 6 - Mass Care and Shelter (CDSS)
    This plan coordinates actions to assist with humanitarian needs including mass care, emergency assistance, and human services. It is an annex to the State of California Emergency Plan.
  • Mass Care and Shelter Guidance for Local Governments During a Communicable Disease Outbreak or Pandemic (CDSS)
    This document provides mass care and shelter guidance during a communicable disease outbreak or pandemic focusing on stricter health and safety measures.
  • State of California Emergency Plan (Cal OES)
    This plan describes the fundamental systems, strategies, policies, assumptions, responsibilities, and operational priorities California will use to guide and support emergency management efforts. It provides a consistent, statewide framework to enable state, local, tribal governments, federal government, and the private sector to work together to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of emergencies regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.
  • Catastrophic Planning (Cal OES)
    • Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Plan provides a coordinated state/federal response to a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California.
    • Northern California Catastrophic Flood Response Plan 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.
    • Bay Area Earthquake Plan describes the joint State and Federal response to a catastrophic earthquake in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties.
    • 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 that includes Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties.
  • Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans (FEMA)
    This document provides guidelines on developing emergency operations plans and promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of community-based, risk-informed planning, and decision making to help planners examine threats or hazards and produce integrated, coordinated, and synchronized plans.
  • Integrating Access and Functional Needs within the Emergency Planning Process: Best Practices for Stakeholder Inclusion (Cal OES)
    Emergency managers are provided with best practices to ensure they recognize the need for and understand the process of integrating whole community partners as they develop their emergency plans while identifying access and functional needs related considerations before, during, and after disasters.
  • Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters (FEMA)
    Found on the website of FEMA’s Office of Disability and Integration and Coordination, this document provides planning guidance that can be incorporated into existing shelter plans to State emergency managers and shelter planners to meet access and functional needs in general population shelters. It also assists in understanding the requirements related to sheltering children and adults with functional support needs in general population shelters.
  • A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action (FEMA)
    This document presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as vital partners in enhancing the resiliency and security through a Whole Community approach. It is intended to promote greater understanding of the approach and to provide a strategic framework to guide all members of the emergency management community as they determine how to integrate Whole Community concepts into their daily practices.


  • Standardized Emergency Management System (Cal OES)
    This document provides California’s emergency response system 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 (FEMA)
    This document guides all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents. It provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems, and processes to successfully deliver capabilities and defines operational systems that guide how personnel work together during incidents.

Contact Us

CDSS Disaster Services Branch
744 P St / MS 8-10-143
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-8880

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