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Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) engages the whole community in assessing needs and developing strategies to achieve stronger preparedness, prevention, response, and mitigation capabilities within the Santa Clara County Operational Area. 
Office of Emergency Management
Dana Reed, Director

David Flamm, Deputy Director

Marisol Martinez, Executive Assistant​​​​​​​​​​
Grants Administration
The OEM Grants Management Team invests more than $6 million in annual grant funds to help build resilience within the Santa Clara County Operational Area’s communities.

Michelle Sandoval, Program Manager II – Grants and Administrative Services

Karla Espartero Smith, Management Analyst

Van Nguyen, Accountant II

Ivan Williams, Senior Management Analyst
Multidisciplinary All Hazards Task Force
The Multidisciplinary All Hazards Task Force works to prevent and reduce the risk of domestic terrorist events through special projects and training exercises.

Douglas Young, Battalion Chief and All Hazards Coordinator​​​
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
In the event of an area wide disaster, critical infrastructure and emergency services will be impacted. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy trains residents to prepare for and respond to life-threatening events in their community. CERT academies are offered in the communities served by the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

Jeff Walker, CERT Program Specialist II 

​Gracie Hernandez, CERT Senior Program Specialist
Emergency Management Planning
The OEM planning team is responsible for the Operational Area’s Emergency Operations Plan, an incident management protocol with supporting hazard and function specific annexes.​

Vladimir Ibarra, Senior Emergency Planning Coordinator ​​

Edie Schaffer, Emergency Management​​​ Program Specialist II
Emergency Communications and Public Information
OEM builds community resilience by increasing awareness and emergency preparedness through public information and engagement activities, such as a website, social media, printed collateral, presentations and events.  During an activation of the Emergency Operations Center, OEM establishes a Joint Information Center which disseminates emergency communications to those affected throughout the County.
Patty Eaton, Public Risk Communication Officer​​​​​

Kia Xiong, Community and Media Relations Coordinator
Training and Exercise
OEM offers a robust training program composed of emergency management courses, drills, functional and table top exercises for County staff and jurisdictions within the Santa Clara County Operational Area.​

Louay Toma, Emergency Management Program Specialist II
Disaster Service Worker (DSW)
OEM is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Program for all County employees who are designated as Disaster Service Workers (DSW). Disaster Service Workers assist in protecting public health and safety and preserving lives and property during disasters and emergencies.

Deborah Hinton, Management Analyst
Emergency Operations Center Operational Readiness
The OEM Operations Section ensures the readiness of the County’s comprehensive emergency management program through the development, implementation, and maintenance of critical information sharing procedures, platforms, and equipment for use daily, as well as during activations of the Operational Area’s Emergency Operations Center.
A Duty Officer is available 24/7 to monitor conditions, potential hazards and incidents.​​

Darrell G. Ray, Jr., Emergency Management Senior Program Specialist
Tammy Norem, Emergency Planning Coordinator
Jimmy Liang - Sr. Business IT Consultant​ 

Todd Diep, Senior Application Administrator
Emergency Operations Center
OEM maintains a 5,000 square foot EOC that serves as the hub for emergency management activities during disasters.

During an activation, up to 150 personnel from the Operational Area serve in functional units: Management, Finance and Administration, Operations, Logistics, and Planning/Intelligence​.

Photo of the Emergency Operations Center taken from overhead​​​
Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council (EOAC)
The EOAC leads the Operational Area’s ongoing efforts to provide an effective, streamlined approach to disaster preparedness and planning. The EOAC has thirteen members, including seven elected officials from the County Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara Valley Water District and cities within the Operational Area, as well as six executives from public sector organizations​.​
Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Councilmember Rob Rennie
Los Gatos Town Council
South County & West Valley Cities Representative
Vice Chairperson

Director Richard Santos
Santa Clara Valley Water District

Garry Herceg
Deputy County Executive
County Executive Designee

Mayor Lisa Matichak
Mountain View City Council
North County Cities Representative

Councilmember Debi Davis
Santa Clara City Council
Central County Cities Representative

Councilmember Maya Esparza
San Jose City Council Representative

Councilmember Dev Davis
San Jose City Council Representative

Dr. Sara Cody
County of Santa Clara Health Officer

Jackie Lowther 
County EMS Director

Robert Menicocci
Director, County
Social Services Agency

Christina Turner
Morgan Hill City Manager
City Manager’s Association Representative

Chief Ruben Torres
City of Santa Clara
Fire Chief’s Association Representative

Chief Max Bosel
City of Mountain View
Police Chief’s Association Representative

Dale Austin Jenkins
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Lisa Schoenthal
Emergency Managers Association
President and Representative​​​​​

Last updated: 4/25/2019 11:51 AM