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Local Authority:

Chapter 2.64 of the Amador County Code provides for the preparation and execution of plans for the protection of persons and property within Amador County in the event of an emergency; to ensure the continuity of local government; to guarantee the direction of the emergency management organization; and to coordinate the emergency functions of this county with all other public agencies, Sheriff-Coroner Martin A. Ryancorporations and affected private persons.

Sheriff Martin A. Ryan is designated as the Director of Emergency Services.  Resolution Number 05-301 designates the Line of Succession for the Director of Emergency Services in the event of an emergency.  The Line of Succession is the Sheriff, the Undersheriff, then the next Chief Deputy in line of authority per the California Government Code, Section 24105.

The Director of Emergency Services is empowered to:

  • Proclaim the existence of a local emergency if the Board of Supervisors is not in session
  • Request the Governor to proclaim a State of Emergency and request a Presidential Declaration
  • Control and direct the emergency organization of the county
  • Represent the county in all dealings with public and private agencies
  • Make rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property
  • Require emergency services of any county officer or employee (Disaster Service Worker)
  • Requisition necessary personnel or material of any county department or agency
  • Execute all special powers conferred upon them by the BOS, statue or agreement

Chapter 2.64 further creates the Disaster Council consisting of the following: The Sheriff/Director of Emergency Services or their designee who shall be Chairman; the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors or their designee who shall be Vice-Chairman; one representative from each city appointed by City Councils; one Fire representative appointed by the Fire Chief's Association; one Law representative appointed by the Chief's of Police; one representative from the School District; one representative of each of the Special Districts/Tribes; Director/Agency heads of county departments having disaster responsibility or their designee; such representative of other organizations, either civic, business, labor, veterans, professional or other organizations having an official disaster responsibility; and, the Emergency Services Coordinator. The Disaster Council is empowered to develop and recommend for adoption by the Board of Supervisors emergency operations plans or practices and such policies, ordinances or resolutions necessary to implement such plans and practices. The main function of the Disaster Council is to share information with other agencies having a disaster responsibility. 

To view Chapter 2.64 of the Amador County Code, click here.

State Authorities:

The California Emergency Services Act creates the Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) within the Office of the Governor.  Cal OES is the lead State Agency to oversee California's emergency management system to ensure consistency in the application of standardized emergency management throughout the state.  For more information on Cal OES, click here.  The California Emergency Services Act also includes information on the California Disaster Assistance Act, Emergency Compacts, and the California Disaster and Civil Defense Master Mutual Aid Agreement.

Other state authorities include:

Federal Authorities:

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