The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services was established Tuesday, June 5, 1990 upon motion by Supervisor Strasser Kauffman, seconded by Supervisor Shipnuck, and unanimously carried, thus proposing an ordinance amending Chapter 2.68 of the Monterey County Code to create the Office of Emergency Services under the authority and  direct supervision of the County Administrative Officer. 


The mission of Monterey County Office Of Emergency Services is to excel at providing quality services for the benefit of Monterey County residents, businesses, and guests while developing, maintaining, and enhancing the emergency management resources in the Operational Area.

The function of the Office of Emergency Services is to coordinate all emergency preparedness, response and recovery functions and responsibilities as necessary to carry out the direction of the Board of Supervisors and the provisions of Chapter 2.68 of the County Code.The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is responsible for the following:

  • Ensure all phases of emergency management are addressed in strategic planning efforts, building the core capabilities and disaster resilience within the communities of Monterey County;
  • Organizing, staffing and operating the Op Area Emergency Operations Center;
  • Provide information and guidance to the public and elected officials including emergency warning and alerting;
  • Provide resource management inventories of critical assets, supplies and equipment necessary to support emergency response and recovery operations;
  • Reviewing and maintaining internal and external emergency operations plans and preparedness programs for the Operational Area;
  • Ensure that emergency planning follows state and federal guidance;
  • Identifying and analyzing potential hazards and recommending appropriate mitigation measures;
  • Conduct on-going emergency preparedness and educational campaigns; and
  • Serving as the emergency management point of contact for government officials, public safety, organizations, nonprofit and community based organizations, city, county and private industry partner and stakeholders.


In alignment with our mission, the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services manages several grants, bringing additional funding to our Operational Area for the benefit of enhancing the emergency management resources in the Operational Area and serving the response community. These grants include the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Programs.


The Emergency Management Performance Grant Program plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient Nation.

The Office of Emergency Services was first awarded the Emergency Management Performance Grant in 2000 with the intent to develop and maintain a state of readiness in preparation for potential occurrence of any natural, technological, or human conflict related emergency that may adversely impact any segment of the Monterey County Operational Area.


Each year, Congress allocates funding for the Homeland Security Grant Program. Federal and state guidance documents provide the Bay Area with instructions on grant requirements. Regional subject matter experts and BA UASI work groups develop project proposals for consideration. As required by the Department Of Homeland Security and Approval Authority Bylaws, all proposals must be regional in nature, have a nexus to terrorism, and be designed to close an identified capability gap. In addition, all proposals must meet priority capability objectives which are developed annually based on the region’s most recent risk analysis.

To be eligible for grant funding, applicants must be either a government entity or sponsored by a government entity within the Bay Area UASI footprint. Applications are submitted online, vetted for grant compliance, and then prioritized. Final approval of all projects rests with the Approval Authority and ultimately with city or county government officials who authorize acceptance of the funds. For more information about the proposal process and eligibility requirements, click here.

After distribution of the awarded funds, jurisdictions are responsible for meeting project milestones and completing approved projects within the grant performance period. As projects are completed, jurisdictions must submit all financial and deliverable documentation in order to receive reimbursement.


The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is funded by the county general fund.