California Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

The California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) works with local agencies to help businesses prepare for natural and man-made disasters, do continuity planning, and help with disaster recovery. Go to http://cms.calema.ca.gov/prep_business.aspx or call 916-845-8731.

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Under the California Emergency Services Act, the governor may proclaim a state of emergency or state of war emergency and make, amend, or rescind orders and regulations as necessary to prevent or mitigate harm and damage (CA Code Regs. Tit. 2 Sec. 8550).

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) offers information on handling natural disasters, including earthquakes, inundations (floods and tsunamis), storms, wildfires, and quarantines, as well as man-made disasters such as nuclear power plant incidents and hazardous materials spills. The OES website, http://www.oes.ca.gov, has an emergency preparedness resource page for business and industry.

CalEMA has a disaster preparedness website for businesses at http://cms.calema.ca.gov/prep_business.aspx.

CalEMA also has a comprehensive Emergency Public Information Web page with links to information on a broad spectrum of possible threats and problems at http://www.calema.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responds to wildfires, earthquakes, hazardous material spills, and other incidents, including arson, that could result in fires and/or evacuation, and helps businesses with fire prevention and fire response planning. For information, go to http://www.fire.ca.gov.

Emergency Action Plans

State law requires that a company have a written emergency action plan for fire and other emergencies (CA Code Regs. Tit. 8; CA Labor Code Sec. ...

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