The California State Warning Center (CSWC) is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The mission of the CSWC is to be the central information hub for statewide emergency communications and notifications. The CSWC is staffed with Emergency Notification Controllers, Emergency Services Coordinators and Senior Communications Coordinators. The CSWC serves as a highly reliable and accurate “one-stop” resource for emergency management, law enforcement and key decision making personnel throughout the state.
Last year, staff in the CSWC handled 63,000 calls and more than 50,000 actionable incoming emails. The CSWC also received reports of about 9,000 hazardous material spills, which resulted in more than 226,000 spill notifications to federal, state and local government agencies. In addition, CSWC staff made over 981,000 notifications due to weather related warnings, fires, seismic events and other potential events that could have emergency management impacts.
The CSWC has the responsibility to receive, coordinate, verify and disseminate information pertaining to events which occur within California or that could affect California. Information received by the CSWC is coordinated between Cal OES and other sources to ensure that the information which is disseminated is both timely and accurate. Procedures have been established for the handling of such incidents as:
Missing or overdue aircraft
Search and rescues
Conducts Governor, executive staff, agency and departmental notifications
The CSWC works alongside the National Weather Service (NWS) to provide weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for California for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.
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