Office of Emergency Services (OES)

OES Mission:

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services (OES) mission is to lead the San Benito County Operational Area’s collective efforts to protect life, property & the environment by developing, coordinating and managing programs that prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.

Our Philosophy:

“Be prepared to effectively manage any major emergency or disaster situation that may occur within the San Benito County Operational Area.”


The Office of Emergency Services (OES) provides emergency management services for the County Operational Area including its two principal cities and all special districts and political subdivisions. OES coordinates emergency operations activities among all the various local jurisdictions and develops written guidelines for emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to natural or man-made disasters.

OES is charged with providing the necessary planning, coordination, response support and communications with all agencies affected by large scale emergencies or disasters.  OES works in a cooperative effort with other governmental jurisdictions within the county; disciplines such as law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, state and federal agencies, utilities, private industry and volunteer groups in order to provide a coordinated response to disasters.

The Emergency Services Manager is responsible to manage the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). In any disaster the EOC becomes the single focal point for centralized management and coordination of emergency response and recovery operations during a disaster or emergency affecting the San Benito County Operational Area.  The EOC will be activated when an emergency situation occurs that exceeds local and/or in-field capabilities to adequately respond to and mitigate the incident.

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is also responsible for the administration of the several county emergency management programs on a day-to-day basis.




The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services is mandated by the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7, Division 1, Title 2 of Government Code to serve as the liaison between the State and all the local government political subdivisions comprising San Benito County.

For a copy of the State OES Emergency Services Act Document Click here.