The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) coordinates emergency operations activities among all the various local jurisdictions and develops written guidelines for emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to natural, man-made, and technological disasters. As part of it’s mission, the OES maintains a number of plans and annexes for the purposes of ensuring continuity of operations during an emergency as well as hazard and risk reduction.

Emergency Operations Plan

The County of Ventura Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) provides the structure and processes that all key partner agencies within the county use to respond to, and initially recover from, a major emergency or disaster event. Information contained in the EOP:

  • 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

Rather than a single document, the EOP is actually a collection of dynamic components, including the basic plan, a set of plan appendices, and a series of functional and hazard-specific annexes.

The basic plan provides the overarching framework for emergency management activities within Ventura County and details how the County will prepare for and manage emergencies from an organizational and administrative perspective. The plan and appendices are intended to be flexible for implementation during any hazard that may affect the County.

The plan appendices document how the plan is distributed and revised over time.

The functional annexes expand upon information contained in the basic plan, detailing the actions and responsibilities anticipated in specific functional areas that may be activated in response to an emergency.

The hazard-specific annexes detail specific actions and responsibilities that the County and its external partner agencies and organizations may take in response to specific types of hazards or situations. These annexes are intended to supplement the basic plan and functional annexes.  Hazard-specific annexes are intended to be developed for the types of emergency situations the County is at the greatest risk or has a high probability of encountering.

The EOP was last approved by the County Board of Supervisors in 2018, and is updated every 3 years. Information on the status of the current, 2021 EOP Update can be found here.

EOP Annexes:

  • Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs (DAFN) Annex
  • Disaster Damage Assessment Plan
  • Disaster Recover Plan
  • Contingency Plan for Heat/Cold Weather Events
  • Pandemic Influenza Response Plan
  • Public Health Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
  • Mass Care and Shelter Plan
  • Mass Casualty Plan
  • Tsunami Annex

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 is a multi-jurisdictional effort developed in 2015 in partnership with nine of the County’s 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.