California Emergency Preparedness laws & safety compliance analysis

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 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,, has an emergency preparedness resource page for business and industry.

CalEMA has a disaster preparedness website for businesses at

CalEMA also has a comprehensive Emergency Public Information Web page with links to information on a broad spectrum of possible threats and problems at

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

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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