The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services and the County of Ventura maintain several emergency plans for the purposes of ensuring continuity of operations during an emergency as well as hazard and risk reduction. The two primary plans used for these purposes are the Emergency Operations Plan and the Ventura County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Emergency Operations Plan
The County of Ventura Emergency Operations Plan was approved by the County Board of Supervisors in 2018. The plan is used by all key partner agencies within the county to respond to major emergencies and disasters.
The Emergency Operations Plan:
- Assigns responsibility for carrying out specific actions in an emergency
- Sets forth lines of authority and organizational relationships
- Specifies procedures and systems to alert and notify staff, the public, protect residents and property, and request support when needed
- Identifies personnel, equipment, facilities, supplies, and other resources available for use during response and recovery operations
Cities in Ventura County are encouraged to write their own emergency operations plan and present it to their community for feedback and their city council for adoption every 3 years. The County of Ventura is currently working to update this plan and hopes to have the update completed by August 2021. More information on the Emergency Operations Plan Update can be found here.
Ventura County Hazard Mitigation Plan
The County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan assesses the risks posed by natural and various human-caused hazards, and establishes a mitigation strategy for reducing these risks. The existing plan was developed in 2015 in partnership with all ten incorporated cities as well as several water, park, and school districts. An approved hazard mitigation plan is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to ensure continued eligibility for future grant funding opportunities, and requires updating every 5 years.
Natural hazards addressed in the County’s plan include flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, and agricultural biological hazards. The County is currently working with its planning partners to update the plan with projected completion occurring in spring of 2022. More information on the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update can be found here.