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Emergency Management Services Division
The mision of the Oakland Fire Department, Emergency Management Services Division (also known as EMSD) is to ensure that the City of Oakland and community are at the highest level of readiness and able to prevent, mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural and human-caused emergencies that threaten lives, property and the environment.
EMSD coordinates the activities of all City agencies relating to planning, preparation and implementation of the City's Emergency Plan. EMSD also supports the coordination of the response efforts of Oakland's Police, Fire and other first responders in the City's state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center to ensure maximum results for responders, the ability to provide up-to-date public information and the ability to provide the best resource management during a crisis. Additionally, EMSD coordinates with the Operational Area and other partner agencies to guarantee the seamless integration of federal, state and private resources into local response and recovery operations.
EMSD accomplishes this mission through partnerships, policy, planning, programs, training, exercies, equipment and outreach efforts that assist Oakland's first responders, city agencies, local businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community based organizations (CBOs) and residents in their emergency management/preparedness efforts. EMSD also integrates its emergency management and homeland security management proactices that incorporate a multi-disciplinary, multi-hazards approach to the Urban Area Security Initiative, Port Security, Airport Security and Transit Security which includes a strong emphasis on partnerships and regional, state and federal collaboration.
Our volunteer programs include Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE), the Oakland Medical Reserve Corps and the Oakland Radio Communications Association (ORCA).
Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE)
CORE is a free emergency preparedness and disaster response training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in Oakland. The underlying premise is that a major disaster will overwhelm first responders leaving many community members on their own for the first 72 hours or longer after the emergency. CORE teaches self-reliance skills and helps neighborhoods establish response teams to take care of the neighborhood until professional emergency personnel arrive.
For more information about the CORE program please visit our webpage by clicking here.
Learn ♦ Lead ♦ Lift Project
All communities with their partners LEARN to prepare for emergencies.
|Lead||Every resident and partner in the community know they can LEAD in their efforts to prepare.|
|Lift||All communities become whole communities when they collectively Learn, Lead, and LIFT as one.|
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The Oakland Medical Reserve Corps was established to enlist active and retired medical professionals and citizen volunteers to assist in the establishment of an organized pool of resources capable of being deployed to support Emergency Management Systems already in place in the event of a major emergency.
Please visit Oakland Medical Reserve Corps for more information about or call (510) 238-6069.
Oakland Radio Communications Association (ORCA)
ORCA is an amateur radio club originally formed to provide supplemental communication during emergencies. Today, ORCA member interests are varied and include emergency communications (ARES/RACES - see additional information below), contesting, Field Day, weather, packet radio and others. ORCA meetings are held in person on the first Saturday of each month from 9 am to 11 am at Oakland Fire Station 1, and over the airwaves every Thursday at 7:30 pm on 146.88 MHz offset PL 77. For more information about ORCA, visit their website: www.ww6or.com.
ORCA members are often also members of the local chapter of ARES or RACES.
- Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) is a nationwide organizational structure of the Amateur Radio Relay League (AARL) dedicated to emergency service. ARES members can help in widespread disasters and can operate before and after government-declared emergency times. Weather watching and search and rescue are examples of ARES activities. To learn more about ARES please visit the national website: http://www.arrl.org/ares.
- Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of RACES activation, certified unpaid personnel are called upon to perform many tasks for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation will be different, the common thread is communications. To learn more about RACES please visit the nation website: http://www.usraces.org/.
Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Council (EMADPC)
The EMADPC is the City of Oakland’s Disaster Council and also advisory over the City’s CERT Program Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE). The EMADPC is an executive level advisory body established to facilitate the development and implementation of policies, programs and plans that protect persons and property within Oakland during times of emergencies and disasters. The Council membership consists of the Mayor (chair), City Administrator (vice chair), Director of Emergency Services (secretary), city agency, department or division heads and representatives from the general public, businesses, civic and community organizations, local agencies, utilities, and neighboring cities.
The Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Council meets quarterly on the third Thursday of March, June, September, and December. All EMADPC members are assigned to one of the five standing committees: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, Recovery and Fiscal/Funding. These standing committees meet periodically to undertake specific projects, in which case members are assigned to work groups with delineated tasks and timeframes. The standing committees and/or working groups are chaired by EMADPC members and staffed by Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services personnel.
For more information please call the Office of Emergency Services at (510) 238-3938.
Homeland Security refers to domestic governmental actions designed to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, and also respond to natural disasters. The City of Oakland’s Homeland Security Unit (HSU) works with City of Oakland internal partners, external city and regional partners and individuals within and around the community by leveraging resources and funding opportunities to purchase necessary equipment and implement programs to ensure the emergency preparedness. The process for achieving this goal is that the HSU ensures that the entities outlined above: 1) have complied with the preventive measures; 2) are in a state of readiness to contain the effects of a forecasted disastrous event to minimize loss of life, injury, and damage to property; 3) can provide rescue, relief, rehabilitation, and other services in the aftermath of the disaster, and 4) have the capability and resources to continue to sustain essential functions.
The goals of the HSU are as follows:
- The HSU will attract resources and funding to OES/OFD/OPD and City-wide by obtaining public and private support through marketing the HSU/OES programs;
- The HSU fosters strong relationships with the departments within the City of Oakland and its regional partners to ensure support for their missions and strategic planning endeavors that address prevention, detection, response to and recovery from acts of terrorism and natural disasters, while maintaining flexibility in dealing with changing needs and expectations, and broadly relating to the community and all stakeholders
- The HSU will work to establish partnerships and programs with other public agencies, civic organizations, schools and community-based organizations, and other service entities throughout Oakland and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
The HSU achieves some of the goals outlined above through funding opportunities from the Department of Homeland Security, which awards grants though various agencies. The City of Oakland receives funding for several programs through the Federal Emergency Management Agencies (FEMA). The City of Oakland receives funding to purchase equipment to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and natural disasters.
Some of the current HSU funding and programs are:
Port Security Grant Program (PSGP): The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Grant Program allocates grant funds to address ports considered of the highest risk status to assist port in enhancing risk management capabilities and support strategic, area-wide focus around ports, providing funding for the development and implementations of port-wide risk management and mitigation activities, as well as continuity of operations by building capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism against the Port. The City of Oakland is the recipient of funding from the PSGP to purchase equipment and implement programs that address readiness for terrorist events or disasters in the port area.
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI): The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Grant Program allocates grant funds through the UASI to address the City of Oakland’s overall emergency management capacity and augment the City of Oakland’s emergency prevention, mitigation, response and recovery capabilities which provide regional benefits that also increase the region’s emergency response capacity. The City of Oakland is the recipient of funding from the UASI to purchase equipment and implement programs that address readiness for terrorist events or disaster in the City of Oakland and the regional area.
Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP): The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Grant Program allocates grant funds through the RCPGP to enhance the City of Oakland’s emergency planning capacity and strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness. The goal of the RCPGP is to support the integrated planning system that enables regional all-hazard planning for catastrophic events and the development of necessary plans, protocols, and procedures to manage catastrophic events.