Significant Updates to the 2023 EOP:
  • Enhanced whole community planning approach.
  • Incorporates best practices and lessons learned from recent disasters to strengthen response capabilities.
  • Outlines how partners will communicate, share information, make decisions, and manage resources.
  • Supports advanced planning for specific hazards and vulnerable communities.
  • Facilitates integration with city, state, and federal response plans.

Welcome to the Emergency Operations Plan Public Review and Comment Page

The Santa Cruz County Operational Area (OA) Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) describes the County’s emergency management community and organization. The OA includes the county, and political subdivisions including special districts and Cities. The EOP plays a key role in guiding jurisdictions and agencies within the county, private and nonprofit sector partners, and the public in all-hazards emergency management. Approaches for conducting emergency operations, functional-based emergency planning and response using whole community strategies, inclusion of culturally diverse populations and people with disabilities, access and functional needs, and continuity of government during an emergency or disaster are outlined.

This document represents the EOP “Base Plan”. The Base Plan is one of the first steps in a comprehensive redevelopment of the County’s emergency management program. Additional Emergency Support Function (ESF) annexes will be developed in accordance with the Base Plan and increased commitment to whole community involvement in planning efforts.