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Emergency Preparedness is managed by the City of Stockton Office of Emergency Services. Responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Services include disaster preparedness, readiness, response of City departments and mitigation.

The City of Stockton plans for, and responds to, all types of natural and manmade disasters, such as terrorist attacks. All departments in City government respond to disasters.


Who is in charge?

The Office of Emergency (OES) is headed by the City Manager who acts as the Emergency Services Director. The Directory works closely with the Emergency Services Group, which includes all City department heads.

The day-to-day operation of disaster preparedness and readiness lies with the Assistant Emergency Service Director, a Stockton Fire Department Captain.


What is a disaster?

A disaster can take many forms. The City Office of Emergency Services responds to all kinds of disasters, including:

  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Major power outages
  • Major fires
  • Radiological accidents/attacks
  • Chemical accidents/attacks
  • Biological accidents/attacks

What happens if/when there is a disaster in Stockton?

When a disaster occurs, the Emergency Services Director meets with the City's Emergency Services Group to prioritize and develop strategies to handle the disaster incident. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated. The EOC becomes the center of communication and coordination of resources. The Assistant Emergency Services Director coordinates all of the functions within the EOC.


The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with a disaster by planning ahead. Visit our Personal Readiness webpage to prepare yourself. The checklists will help you get started. Discuss the ideas with your family and then prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone can see it -- on the refrigerator or bulletin board. For additional information on how to develop an emergency plan for your area, visit the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Emergency Management Agency, Ready.Gov, or American Red Cross websites that are listed below.


If you have questions about the City of Stockton Office of Emergency Services, contact Stockton Fire Department Administration or the Office of Emergency Services.


To report an emergency, please call 9-1-1


External Links

H1N1 Pandemic and Seasonal Flu Links & Hand Washing Video

San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services (OES)

California Emergency Management Agency

Ready.Gov - Provides disaster preparedness tips

American Red Cross 

This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011