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 Office of Emergency Services

 Humboldt County Operational Area 

  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
  Office of Emergency Services
  826 Fourth Street
  Eureka, CA 95501
  Business Hours: 707-268-2500
  After Hours: 707-445-7251 

An Overview 

Humboldt County Ordinance 2203 established the Humboldt Operational Area (OA) and identified the Sheriff as Director of Emergency Services for the County. The Humboldt OA is composed of the County of Humboldt, serving as the lead agency, and all political subdivisions (Cities and Special Districts) within the County. The Office of Emergency Services (OES) assists the Sheriff in controlling and directing the effort of the emergency organization of the County.  

Humboldt County OES and the Humboldt OA are part of a total emergency management hierarchy established to assist all the citizens of the United States during times of crisis. At the federal level, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversees United States government response efforts. In California, the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) oversees state organization response efforts. Each California county is its own OA. This hierarchy is in place to assist the organization and movement of resources to areas of need. At each level - federal, state, and local - the response organization has the statutory power to requisition resources and assistance from other governmental entities at that level. 

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The response hierarchy works in the following manner: When a City or Special District cannot effectively handle a crisis with their own available resources and organization, they request OA assistance. OAs will provide whatever available resources and assistance which can be mobilized locally from county assets and from other Cities and Special Districts within the county. Should additional resources and assistance not available locally be needed, the OA will request help from the Cal EMA. The state, in turn, will provide whatever resources and assistance that can be procured from state assets. FEMA is contacted when the state needs assistance to handle the crisis. In some large states such as California, there is an intermediate level established for better efficiency in response efforts. In California, Cal EMA is divided into three response support regions. The Coastal Region is comprised of the sixteen coastal counties from Del Norte to Monterey. Any assistance requests from the Humboldt OA go directly to the Coastal Region which immediately canvasses the sixteen coastal counties for needed resources and assistance. Should more assistance be needed, the Coastal Region will contact the Cal EMA in Sacramento which will, in turn, canvass the other Regions in the State. 

The Humboldt County OES manages the OA response from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in the basement of the County Courthouse in the old Civil Defense Shelter. The EOC consists of a large room area for displaying/exchanging information and smaller room areas for specific applications depending on the need. An extensive and varied communications system allows instant information transfer anywhere inside and outside the county. The EOC can operate independently of external power sources. Previously identified and trained personnel with expert knowledge and expertise from county departments, state and federal agencies, and other local governments, agencies, and organizations meet and efficiently coordinate the OA response from the EOC. All responders are trained in the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), and in the Incident Command System (ICS) to best facilitate a coordinated response from all levels of government.




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