Why the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)?
In order to respond to frequent and multiple disasters occurring anytime and anywhere in the state, it is important that emergency response agencies operate within a clear and consistent organizational structure. Public agencies are increasingly required to manage the costs of emergencies more effectively with fewer resources. Many different agencies must work together effectively to protect lives, property, and the environment during disasters. SEMS facilitates priority setting, interagency cooperation, and the efficient flow of resources and information.
What is SEMS?
SEMS is the cornerstone of California’s emergency response system and the fundamental structure for the response phase of emergency management. The system unifies all elements of California’s emergency management community into a single integrated system and standardizes key elements.
Incident Command System (ICS) - A field-level emergency response system based on management by objectives
Multi/ Inter-agency coordination - Affected agencies working together to coordinate allocations of resources and emergency response activities.
Mutual Aid - A system for obtaining additional emergency resources from non-affected jurisdictions.
Operational Area Concept - County and its sub-divisions to coordinate damage information, resource requests and emergency response.
Cal OES has developed a SEMS Maintenance System to address the need for changes. The three-tiered system encompasses an Advisory Board, Technical Group, and Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committees (MARACs). Collectively, these multi-agency groups make changes to the system when necessary. They include representatives from all disciplines involved in emergency response. The Cal OES Emergency Management Systems Unit (EMSU) supports these multi-agency groups to ensure methodical review, evaluation, and approval to any improvements.
The California Emergency Services Act 2015 Edition (ESA) requires SEMS for managing multiagency and multijurisdictional responses to emergencies in California. State agencies are required to use SEMS and local government entities must use SEMS in order to be eligible for any reimbursement of response-related costs under the state’s disaster assistance programs.
An Approved Course of Instruction (ACI) is available, consisting of four courses:
Introduction to SEMS
Emergency Operations Center Course
Each course contains modules that can be used either as a series or separately, depending on the training needs of the organization. For additional training information, email Justin Freiler at email@example.com.
EOC Credentialing Guidelines
The SEMS related documents below includes EOC credentialing Guidelines. For more information, please contact Justin Freiler at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cal OES NIMS web page provides information on the Federal NIMS update.
Clifford Viernes(916) 845-8779 email@example.com
The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the overall statewide integration of the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to meet federal NIMS requirements and timeframes. NIMS was developed by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-5 to ensure that all levels of government across the nation have the capability to work efficiently and effectively together, using a national approach to domestic incident management.