The Department is the lead State agency for flood emergency response, including flood fight assistance, in California. The Flood Operations Center (FOC) serves as the Department’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and leads the flood emergency operations response. While the California Emergency Services Act reaffirms the authority of the Governor’s California Emergency Management Agency to “coordinate and supervise State action upon a declaration of a State emergency,” California Water Code Section 128(a) describes the Department’s separate, permissive authority.
The California Emergency Services Act, specifically Government Code Section 8607, provides the Department with broad authority to fully participate in all aspects of emergency response within the Standardized Emergency Management System structure. In addition, Proposition 84 Section 75032 provides for the use of bond funds for the Emergency Response program improvements.
Strategic Work Plan for Improving Emergency Response Program
The Flood Emergency Response Program is designed to enhance data collection, storage, and dissemination; flood forecasting and warning; system evaluation, flood control system documentation and tracking; flood preparedness, training and exercises; and flood response, flood fight, and recovery. The objective is to save lives and reduce flood damage and recovery time. Among other deliverables, the Program is formulated to ensure the FloodSAFE California “Critical Success Factor” to “improve analytical tools and data management system to develop, archive, and share new information as it becomes available” is achieved.
The Department prepared a Strategic Work Plan for implementation of the Flood Emergency Response Program. To prepare the Strategic Work Plan, the Department reviewed existing flood emergency response programs and improvements recommended by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) “Enhanced Flood Response and Emergency Preparedness” Program and incorporated the Corps’ recommendations into the Department’s Strategic Work Plan for improving emergency response in California. Projects were selected based on the needs identified in the Strategic Work Plan. The Strategic Work Plan formulates program objectives, deliverables, and performance measures, and identifies five projects that would contribute to the improvement of flood emergency response in California.
The baseline program activities are supported through the General Fund. The program improvement needed will be funded under Proposition 84.
The Strategic Work Plan outlines “Performance Measures” and defines specific deliverables and objectives. Quarterly review of work in progress will include review of the work performed to ensure project implementation outcome is consistent with the defined performance standards established for the project.
The Program aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Inspect, understand, and document the flood control system’s status and deficiencies
- Preserve the State’s investment in data collection, model development, and other tools that are prepared for FloodSAFE California through development of an integrated flood information system
- Improve the Flood Emergency Response Program by:
- Integrating flood emergency response into the local agencies’ emergency response plans
- Updating the Department’s Flood Emergency Operations Plan
- Developing and implementing an effective flood emergency response training program, including flood fight training and flood emergency exercises, for Department and local agency staff
- Upgrading the FOC to enable effective management of major flood events including upgrading/modernizing FOC equipment and tools
- Improve tools (i.e., forecasting models, data management) and processes (i.e., flood warning, notifications, and reservoir operations) that can improve timing, reliability, and accuracy of flood warnings
- Coordinate reservoir operations during major floods
- Design and implement a decision support system based on five-day advanced forecasts for effective flood management of reservoirs with flood control reservations in the Central Valley
- Support emergency communication infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
The projects listed under the Flood Emergency Response Program will be implemented in collaboration with local emergency responders, local maintaining agencies, reservoir operators, the Governor’s California Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Extensive working group meetings will be scheduled throughout implementation of the program to ensure stakeholders’ input is sought.
Compliance & Reporting
The Department will report its bond expenditures to the public via the bondaccountability.com Web site. It will also report on its expenditures to the legislature