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The Fresno County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is a program located within the Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division. Fresno County OES coordinates planning and preparedness, response and recovery efforts for disasters occurring within the unincorporated area of the County.
Fresno County Office of Emergency Services can be contacted as follows:
Fresno County Department of Public Health
Fresno County OES coordinates the development and maintenance of the Fresno County Operational Area Master Emergency Services Plan. This Plan serves as a guide for the County's response to emergencies/disasters in the unincorporated areas of the County. The purpose of this plan is to ensure the most effective and economical use of all resources, material and manpower, for the maximum benefit and protection of effected populations in an emergency/disaster.
On November 14, 1995, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopted the State's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) , established the geographic area of the County of Fresno as the Fresno County Operational Area, and designated Fresno County as the Operational Area Lead Agency. In the County's role as the Operational Area lead agency, County OES maintains ongoing communication with local government agencies (County Departments, Incorporated Cities, Special Districts, and Public School Districts) as well as many state and federal agencies and non profit organizations to maintain and enhance the communities capability to respond to and recover from disasters. During disasters, these communications concern situation reports, damage assessments, declarations of emergency for local, state and federal agencies, mutual aid requests, and disaster cost reimbursement application procedures and coordination. Between disasters, County OES coordinates multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction information on Emergency Management training opportunities, updating and enhancing emergency alerting, notification and data communications systems, emergency plans, resources directories, and disaster response equipment.
Since 1983, communities and agencies within Fresno County have suffered many disaster magnitude emergencies including the Coalinga earthquake, several wild land fires, many flooding events, an airplane crash into a residential area, multi-casualty weather related vehicle accident, and weather related agricultural economic disasters.
No community has the resources to effectively respond single handedly to protect life and property in major disasters. It is essential that the agencies, community organizations, businesses, the media and the public work together to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. The Fresno County Office of Emergency Services communicates and coordinates with all levels of government and many other entities to minimize the impact of disasters and enable affected communities to return to pre-disaster conditions as soon as possible.
Each of the fifteen (15) incorporated cities in the County of Fresno maintains an Office of Emergency Services function for it's incorporated areas and coordinates with the County Office of Emergency Services regarding disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities.