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A common question asked is:  "What is the difference between an emergency and a disaster?"

  • A disaster is a dangerous event that causes significant human and economic loss and demands a response beyond the scope of any single agency or service, such as the fire service or law enforcement.  Disasters are distinguished from emergencies by the greater level of response required.
  • An emergency, while it may be devastating, is an event that did not result in a request for state or federal assistance; a disaster requires resources beyond those available locally.

The Office of Emergency Services (OES) does not normally get involved in the day to day operations of law, fire, or EMS unless requested.  OES serves as the focal point for a coordinated government response to potential and actual emergencies and disasters. 

Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

OES is responsible for managing the County EOC.  The EOC serves as the single focal point for the centralized management and coordination of emergency response and recover operations during a disaster or emergency affecting the Amador Operational Area.  The EOC is located at the Amador County Sheriff's Office.  The EOC will be activated when an emergency situation occurs that exceeds local and/or in-field capabilities to adequately respond to and mitigate an incident.  The scope of an emergency, rather than the type, will largely determine whether the EOC will be activate and at what level. 

Alert and Warning:  OES coordinates alerts and warnings to the public during emergencies and disasters.  Methods used to alert the public include:

Volunteers:  OES works closely with many volunteer organizations that provide valuable serves to first responders and the community.  For members of the community who are looking for ways to help, considering volunteering with one of these organizations/groups.

Other Community Resources:
  • E.T.A. - Evacuation Teams of Amador - E.T.A. is comprised of many of the original volunteers at Laughton Ranch during the Butte Fire in 2015. After the Irish Fire in 2018, E.T.A. was formed to fill a need within Amador County: to mobilize during emergencies and disasters to help rescue or evacuate animals and get them to safety. Since forming in 2018 we have quickly found that there are a variety of emergencies that we are able to offer support for.  Please click the above link to navigate to the E.T.A. website.




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