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Office of Emergency Services (OES)

Using a whole community approach, OES coordinates with the state, county agencies, local cities, public and private organizations, and community groups for the mitigation, preparedness, planning, coordination of response, and recovery activities related to county emergencies and disasters.

OES updates and maintains local emergency response plans, provides county wide training and exercises to the county, offers active violence training to county agencies and schools, maintains and exercises the emergency notification systems, and provides public education and information on preparing for disasters.

Operational Area

In 1994, the Board of Supervisors designated the Sheriff's Office the responsibility for managing the County's Office of Emergency Services (OES). Sheriff's Office employees assigned to the OES work in collaboration with Fire services, Emergency Medical Services, hospitals, schools, and public and private agencies to implement preparedness programs, develop emergency response plans, and conduct training drills. There are currently five Sheriff's Office employees assigned to OES.

Emergency Operations Center Activation Goals

In the event of a disaster, OES activates the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), a centralized location for coordinating countywide emergency response activities, supporting field operations, and coordinating damage assessments and cost recovery from state and federal governments. El Dorado County utilizes the National Incident Management System and Standard Emergency Management System to establish common operating procedures and to ensure an effective organizational structure for a unified disaster response.

How you can Prepare

While public safety is dedicated to protecting community members in a disaster, the key to whole community resilience comes down to individual activities. We believe that preparedness is everyone's responsibility and encourage everyone to follow the four basic steps to preparedness: Stay informed, make a plan, build a kit, get involved. For more information and tips on how to start your preparedness journey, visit

El Dorado County Emergency Alerting System


The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services alert and warning system provides a number of ways in which the county may contact the community in the event of an emergency such as evacuations due to wildfires, hazardous material spills, or urgent law enforcement operations.

The El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services partnered with Cal OES to bring the El Dorado County Emergency Alerts notification service to residents and businesses by app, telephone, cell phone, text message, email, and social media when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents. To sign up for El Dorado County Emergency Alerts please go to

Volunteering and Training Opportunities

The Sheriff's Office manages El Dorado County's Search and Rescue Team. A volunteer organization that responds to searches, rescues, and supports the Sheriff's Office during disaster emergencies.

If you are looking for more information on Search and Rescue please visit their page at Search and Rescue (

Disaster Council

Disaster Council Purpose:

The El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services participates in a biannual Disaster Council meeting which makes recommendations to local governing agencies on matters pertinent to the development of mitigation, disaster preparedness, response and recovery plans, and programs for any potential local emergency. This allows for consistent and uniform standards so that plans do not conflict with one another. Disaster Council meetings provide for communication and coordination between the public and private sectors in the County in analyzing and developing plans, projects, policies, and procedures for emergency operations.

Disaster Council Membership:

Sheriff Jeff Leikauf - Director/Designee of OES

Chief Michael Lilienthal - OA Fire & Rescue Coordinator

Chief Joe Wren - City of Placerville Representative

Chief Jim Drennan - City of South Lake Tahoe Representative

CAO Tiffany Schmid - CAO/Designee of El Dorado County

Disaster Council Meetings:

The Disaster Council meets a minimum of twice a year and meetings of the Disaster Council are held at the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

200 Industrial Drive

Placerville, California, 95667

Time (TBD)

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