Emergency Response Plan – Local Planning and Training

Project Lead: Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services

Potential Project Partners:
Stanislaus County; City of Modesto; City of Patterson; City of Newman; Reclamation Districts 1602, 2063, and 2091; Patterson Irrigation District; West Stanislaus Irrigation District

Short Project Description:
Planning and training are necessary to improve coordination between local agencies so that emergency response can be improved in the planning area. A program would be developed and implemented to address this need.

Long Project Description:
To affirm effective response coordination among agencies during a flood within the Mid San Joaquin River Region, it is important that local agencies plan, prepare, and train for such an incident. Actions that should be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Response plans for public safety agency functions, including evacuation and debris management planning
  • Development and training on the command and communication structure for areas threatened by flood waters. This would include an emphasis on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS).
  • Coordination of local response plans between county, impacted cities and reclamation districts.

Unique Project Characteristics:
The West Stanislaus Irrigation District and Patterson Irrigation District are non-State Plan of Flood Control entities, yet their Districts comprise significant portions of the west side of the watershed within the Mid-San Joaquin River Region. Their participation with SPFC entities in flood management and organized response activities can help strengthen flood

resilience, public safety, and protect important infrastructure in the Mid-SJR Region. They maintain communications with their farmers and their local communities, have infrastructure and property within the 100 year floodplain, storage facilities, access, equipment, and other assets of potential value before/during/after flood events.

Project Status Pre-planning
Project Cost $110,000
Project Timeframe 1-5 years
Cost-sharing In anticipation of future benefits to the Patterson Irrigation District and West Stanislaus Irrigation District resulting from a good plan - better communication and training - the districts will consider a reasonable cost share. In-lieu contribution of their representatives' time and expense to participate in district components of the project is their preferred cost-share approach.
Multi-benefit Project Potentially
Types of benefits The project would improve flood risk management; operations and maintenance; and institutional support.
Source of Project The project was an outcome of the emergency response technical memorandum prepared by the Mid SJR RFMP project team. Stakeholders participating in workshops during the fall of 2013 also suggested that this project be considered.


Background Information:

None provided