"SEMS. The Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) is for coordinating state and local emergency response. It provides a multiple level emergency response organization that facilitates the flow of emergency information and resources. It followed the 1991 East Bay Hills fire. Originated by Senator Nicolas Petris, signed into
The system consists of Incident Command System, mutual aid, the operational area concept and multi-interagency coordination. SEMS was developed in coordination with all interested state agencies with designated response roles in the state emergency plan and interested local emergency management agencies. It officially took effect on 12/1/96.
RIMS (Response Information Management System) RIMS is an information gathering and distribution system. It contains the essential elements of information identified by the OASiS project, uses the program Lotus Notes and OES statewide computer network and the OASIS satellite data communications capability.
GIS (Geographic Information System) is display and analysis high resolution mapping that integrates the latest in computer technology. Although GIS is a basic service available to all the program areas and response efforts, it grew more out of OES's involvement with FIRESCOPE (Firefighting Resources for Southern California Organized for Potential Emergencies). One of the issues to come out of the design process was the need for specialist groups to develop specific guidelines. Because of the general confusion caused by the multitude of different map products used in multi-jurisdictional incidents, a mapping specialist group was created within FIRESCOPE. In 1978 general implementation of the FIRESCOPE program began. On October 17, I989, the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. As a consequence, McDonnell Douglas corporation, in concert with Oracle, Digital Equipment, Lockeed, and Etak, donated software, equipment, and data.
In 1992-3 the administrative structure of OES was streamlined with three regional operations centers serving the six mutual aid regions and helped accommodate reduced levels of resources.
OES today is the result of many changes over the decades. It grew from about 250 employees in the early l990's to over 800 in l999. It has experienced large and complex disasters, such as 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, 1991 East Bay Hills fire, 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest, 1992 Landers and Big Bear earthquakes, 1993 Southern California fires, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 1995, 1997 and 1998 Floods. During that period every county (58) received at least one Federal and State Disaster Declaration, and many received multiple declarations."
(End of extracts from the publication "Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Origins and Development, A Chronology 1917-1999." Series end.