What is emergency management?

Emergency management is a comprehensive, collaborative, coordinated effort to create the framework within communities that reduces its vulnerability and increases its capacity in regards to disasters.

This is done through a multifaceted approach that attempts to engage the whole community and improve the ability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a wide range of hazards.

About OES

The Office of Emergency Services is an agency of the County Administrative Office. It has a staff of five full time personnel responsible for developing plans to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from a variety of natural and human caused hazards that exist in the County of Monterey.

 During situations when the County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated, the office of emergency services coordinates an ad-hoc staff of up to ninety (90) personnel from a variety of county agencies, emergency response agencies, utilities, volunteer relief organizations and business partners from throughout the County.

This agency’s staff provides and coordinates training and outreach activities on related topics within Monterey County. Agency staff also manage several grants that support these efforts.

To contact the Office of Emergency Services, please call (831) 796-1900 M-F 8:00am-5:00pm (Pacific)

Mission Statement

OES Staff Directory


Sherrie Collins
Emergency Services Manager
(831) 796-1901 CollinsSL@co.monterey.ca.us
Bertha Simpson
Emergency Services Planner/Grant Administrator
(831) 796-1903 SimpsonBP@co.monterey.ca.us
Joe Martis
Emergency Services Planner
(831) 796-1902 MartisJS@co.monterey.ca.us
Patrick Q. Moore
Emergency Services Planner
(831) 796-1904 MoorePQ@co.monterey.ca.us
Teresa Meister
Senior Secretary
(831) 796-1905 MeisterT@co.monterey.ca.us