Catastrophic Event Planning Efforts

December 2010

Monterey County Office of Emergency Services participated in the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (“RCPGP”) funded by the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative with support from the United States Department of Homeland Security.

As a result of this participation, the following Plans, Dated August 2010 have been prepared for the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative Approval Authority on behalf of the counties and cities within the 12-county Bay Area Region that includes Monterey County:

The project also included the development of local plans for each Operational Area within the 12-county Area Region which resulted in the following local plans for Monterey County:

The planning process included the formation of Working Groups involving local stakeholders from governmental, non-governmental, non-profit and private sector partners to provide input and validation as to the roles, responsibilities, coordination and lines of communication to be incorporated in the Plans.

The Plans are intended to be annexes to the Monterey County Emergency Operations Plan and Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The Plans were prepared in accordance with the standards of the National Incident Management System (“NIMS”), the California Standardized Emergency Management System (“SEMS”), and other Federal and State requirements and standards for emergency response plans.  The Plans are consistent with applicable local and State response plans and guidance relevant to the subject matter./p>

In early 2011 the Plans will go through a Validation process prior to a local adoption process.  A Validation Workshop will be conducted for each Regional Plan to provide a systematic review by regional hub.  Monterey County is included in “Hub 2” along with the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Mateo, San Francisco and the cities of San Francisco and San Jose.  The workshops will be 4-6 hours in length and will include 4 subject matter experts from each jurisdiction who were involved in plan development.

 The Plan Approval Body for Monterey County is the Monterey County Operational Area Coordinating Council (“OACC”) which serves as the Disaster Council for the Operational Area.     A workshop will be conducted for the OACC membership for the purpose of providing an in depth review of the Local Plans prior to seeking formal approval. 

These Plans are available for public review and comment on the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services Website.  Please send your comments or questions to:

Reades1@co.monterey.ca.us or call Sidney Reade, Emergency Services Planner at 831.796.1902.

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services wishes to thank all of the staff from the many partner organizations and agencies that committed their time and effort to the development of these Plans for the safety and wellbeing of all of the residents and their pets living within Monterey County and the visitors who may be here at the time of a catastrophic occurrence.

Respectfully submitted,

Sidney Reade
Emergency Services Planner

(RCPGP 12 counties and 2 cities:  Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and the cities of Oakland and San Jose)