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Chapter 1. Standardized Emergency Management System (Sems). Article 3. Definitions. Definitions.   

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(a) "Action Plan" means the plan prepared in the EOC containing the emergency response objectives of that SEMS level reflecting overall priorities and supporting activities for a designated period. The plan is shared with supporting agencies.

(b) "Activate" means, at a minimum, a designated official of the emergency response agency implements SEMS as appropriate to the scope of the emergency and the agency's role in response to the emergency.

(c) "Cal EMA" means the Governor's California Emergency Management Agency.

(d) "Department Operations Center" means an EOC used by a district discipline (such as flood operations, fire, medical, hazardous material), or a unit (such as Department of Public Works or Department of Health). Department operations centers may be used at all SEMS levels above the field response level depending upon the impacts of the emergency.

(e) "Disaster Assistance Program" is a program that provides state funding or reimbursement for local government response-related personnel costs incurred in response to an incident as defined in Section 2402(i).

(f) "Emergency" means a condition of disaster or of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property caused by such conditions as air pollution, fire, flood, hazardous material incident, storm, epidemic, riot, drought, sudden and severe energy shortage, plant or animal infestations or disease, the Governor's warning of an earthquake or volcanic prediction, or an earthquake or other conditions, other than conditions resulting from a labor controversy.

(g) "Emergency Operations Center (EOC)" means a location from which centralized emergency management can be performed.

(h) "Emergency Response Agency" means any organization responding to an emergency, or providing mutual aid support to such an organization, whether in the field, at the scene of an incident, or to an operations center.

(i) "Emergency Response Personnel" means personnel involved with an agency's response to an emergency.

(j) "Incident" means an occurrence or event, either human-caused or by natural phenomena, that requires action by emergency response personnel to prevent or minimize loss of life or damage to property and/or natural resources.

(k) "Incident Action Plan" means the plan developed at the field response level which contains objectives reflecting the overall incident strategy and specific tactical actions and supporting information for the next operational period. The plan may be oral or written.

(l) "Incident Commander" means the individual responsible for the command of all functions at the field response level.

(m) "Incident Command System (ICS)" means the nationally used standardized on-scene emergency management concept specifically designed to allow its user(s) to adopt an integrated organizational structure equal to the complexity and demands of single or multiple incidents without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries. ICS is the combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure, with responsibility for the management of resources to effectively accomplish stated objectives pertinent to an incident.

(n) "Local Government" means local agencies as defined in Government Code §8680.2 and special districts defined in California Code of Regulations, Title 19, §2900(y).

(o) "Multi-agency or interagency coordination" means the participation of agencies and disciplines involved at any level of the SEMS organization working together in a coordinated effort to facilitate decisions for overall emergency response activities, including the sharing of critical resources and the prioritization of incidents.

Authority cited:

Government Code 8585

Government Code 8607(a)


Government Code 8585

Government Code 8607

Government Code 8680.2

Government Code 8558(c)

(Amended by Register 2010, No. 20.)