Office of Emergency Services


Office of Emergency ServicesMission:  To develop and maintain the capability to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.  It is also our goal to strengthen and perpetuate a comprehensive emergency management program for the County of Amador on behalf of the citizens of the County.

 Responsibilities: The Amador County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services (OES) primary responsibility is to coordinate the county government’s response to disasters or other large scale emergencies. The office is charged with providing the necessary planning, coordination, response support and communications with all agencies affected by large scale emergencies or disasters.  OES works in a cooperative effort with other governmental jurisdictions within the county such as:  law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, state and federal agencies, utilities, private industry and volunteer groups in order to provide a coordinated response to disasters.  The Emergency Services Coordinator also manages the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which is located in the Sheriff's Office.  The EOC becomes the single focal point for centralized management and coordination of emergency response and recovery operations during a disaster or other emergency affecting the Amador County Operational Area.  The EOC will be activated when an emergency situation occurs that exceeds local and/or in field capabilities to adequately respond to and mitigate the incident.

The Amador County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services (OES) is also responsible for the administration of the county emergency management program on a day to day basis.  There are four phases of emergency management that are continually in motion and can occur simultaneously, as follows: 

Mitigation:  What happened during the disaster and why did it happen? If steps can be taken to either reduce the likelihood of similar events, or reduce the amount of damage from a similar event, such steps are considered. 

Preparedness:  Training, drills and exercises, plan development, and other such activities are part of the preparation before the disaster happens. OES works with county staff, allied agencies, neighboring jurisdictions, and state agencies with a local role to ensure the necessary procedures and networks are in place.

Response:  This is where “the rubber meets the road." Time for preparation is over and the county has to respond. This office responds to a disaster (or potential disaster) in the unincorporated area of Amador County, to support another political jurisdiction within the boundaries of Amador County deal with a disaster in their jurisdiction, or both. Personnel from the various departments and allied agencies that have participated in the training respond to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), where the county’s effort is coordinated. The EOC does the following:

  • Manages the county's overall response to natural and manmade disasters.
  • Tasks various county departments with emergency responsibilities (some pre-identified, some generated as the disaster requires).
  • Coordinates the response and recovery efforts of governmental and allied nongovernmental agencies.

Recovery:  After the response and the threat has been removed, it is time to move back to normal, or at least as close to normal as possible. This involves ensuring the functions of county government are back in place as quickly as possible. OES is unable to provide direct disaster assistance, including financial assistance, to the residents of Amador County; however, we will coordinate with state and federal agencies, when appropriate, for support and provide that information to the public.

These aspects are not separate from one another and they continue to cycle without end. Doing all of this takes more than just one person. It takes involvement of personnel from many county departments and allied agencies. Their participation is vital and is greatly appreciated.

Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)

SEMS is the cornerstone of California's emergency response system.  SEMS was developed for managing multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional responses to emergencies in California.  SEMS provides effective management of emergencies by unifying all elements of California's emergency management community into a single integrated system and standardizing key elements of the emergency management system.  The use of SEMS is required for State Agencies and as a condition to local government agencies seeking eligibility for State funding of response related personnel costs.  SEMS incorporates the use of the Incident Command System (ICS), the Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) System, the Master Mutual Aid Agreement (MMMA), and the Operational Area concept.  The Amador County Emergency Services Coordinator serves as the Operational Area Coordinator.  For more information on SEMS, click here.  Amador County uses SEMS as our emergency management system.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

NIMS was developed by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive-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.  California's SEMS is consistent with the principals of the federal NIMS.  For more information on NIMS, click here

Contact Information
OES Coordinator: Sergeant John Silva
Address: 700 Court Street Jackson, CA 95642
Phone: (209) 223-6384
Fax: (209) 223-1609
Email: Email us


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