Emergency Management Program (EMP)
EMP is the first point of contact for the Water Boards for functions related to emergency management. Typically, EMP is involved in emergency response and recovery activities including but not limited to wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, debris flows and slides, and hazardous materials releases. The Emergency Management Program:
- Provides support to partner agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and other Water Boards staff who are responding to emergencies by facilitating inter- and intra-agency communication and coordination.
- Provides 24-hour emergency response coordination and consultation for emergencies that impact water quality or water supply.
- Assesses any impacts to the water sector that may occur during or after an emergency event, including impacts to surface water and groundwater, drinking water and wastewater services, or environmental testing laboratories that provide analysis of water quality samples.