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 and also manages 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)



The mission of the Office of Emergency Services is to ensure that the jurisdictions and communities of  Monterey County have the capability and sustained capacity to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from any natural, technological, or human related emergency or disaster.

We envision a collaborative and coordinated approach to all phases of emergency management, including key stakeholders from government, businesses and community organizations, collectively focused on these shared goals:

              Establishing a sustainable, standardized system for planning and working together before, during and after a disaster

          Ensuring that we have an emergency management community of trusted, trained professionals

          Enhancing public safety, mitigating hazards and reducing risk

              Sustaining a resilient community


OES Staff Directory


Sherrie Collins
Emergency Services Manager
(831) 796-1901 CollinsSL@co.monterey.ca.us
Joe Martis
Emergency Services Planner
(831) 796-1902 MartisJS@co.monterey.ca.us
Bertha Simpson
Emergency Services Planner/Grant Administrator
(831) 796-1903 SimpsonBP@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