Office of Emergency Services (OES)

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Using a whole community approach, OES coordinates with the state, county agencies, local cities, public and private organizations, and community groups for the mitigation, preparedness, planning, coordination of response, and recovery activities related to county emergencies and disasters.

OES updates and maintains local emergency response plans, provides county wide training and exercises to the county, offers active violence training to county agencies and schools, maintains and exercises the emergency notification systems, and provides public education and information on preparing for disasters.

Operational Area

In 1994, the Board of Supervisors designated the Sheriff's Office the responsibility for managing the County's Office of Emergency Services (OES). Sheriff's Office employees assigned to the OES work in collaboration with Fire services, Emergency Medical Services, hospitals, schools, and public and private agencies to implement preparedness programs, develop emergency response plans, and conduct training drills. There are currently five Sheriff's Office employees assigned to OES.

Emergency Operations Center Activation Goals

In the event of a disaster, OES activates the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), a centralized location for coordinating countywide emergency response activities, supporting field operations, and coordinating damage assessments and cost recovery from state and federal governments. El Dorado County utilizes the National Incident Management System and Standard Emergency Management System to establish common operating procedures and to ensure an effective organizational structure for a unified disaster response.

How You Can Prepare

While public safety is dedicated to protecting community members in a disaster, the key to whole community resilience comes down to individual activities. We believe that preparedness is everyone's responsibility and encourage everyone to follow the four basic steps to preparedness: Stay informed, make a plan, build a kit, get involved. Visit for more information and tips on how to start your preparedness journey.

El Dorado County Emergency Alerting System

RAVE Emergency Alerts

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services alert and warning system provides a number of ways in which the county may contact the community in the event of an emergency such as evacuations due to wildfires, hazardous material spills, or urgent law enforcement operations.

The El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services partnered with Cal OES to bring the El Dorado County Emergency Alerts notification service to residents and businesses by app, telephone, cell phone, text message, email, and social media when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents. Please visit to sign up for El Dorado County Emergency Alerts.

Perimeter Map

We are excited to announce that the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services (OES) has recently acquired Perimeter Platform to bolster our emergency operations and improve communication channels with the public during critical situations. In collaboration with local fire districts and CAL FIRE, we've worked diligently with Perimeter to segment our County into named zones within this innovative online mapping program. These zone names have been carefully chosen to aid in community recall and facilitate swift action when needed.

Perimeter Map Accessible via Perimeter Map (, the platform provides a comprehensive array of vital information for residents. By simply enabling location services or entering your address, you can locate your position with a blue dot on the map, granting you instant access to critical data such as evacuation zones, routes, road closures, shelter locations, and more. We encourage everyone to take note of their designated zone for prompt action in emergencies. Prior to an emergency, it's advisable to familiarize yourself with the exit routes from your neighborhood. This proactive measure is essential for your safety, ensuring that when evacuation becomes necessary, you know the available routes.

Perimeter serves as a centralized hub for essential information during crises, particularly wildfires. No registration is required, ensuring accessibility for all. Furthermore, since our mapping covers the entire County, you can stay informed about evacuation orders across various areas. This feature can prove invaluable for assessing proximity to affected zones or monitoring the safety of loved ones residing elsewhere in the County.

It's important to note that while Perimeter provides comprehensive mapping services, it is not an alerting platform. Emergency alerts will continue to be disseminated through El Dorado County Emergency Alerts powered by Rave. Nevertheless, we will include Perimeter's link in our alerts to facilitate swift access to critical information. We encourage members of our community to bookmark the Perimeter website for rapid retrieval during emergencies. For instance, if you detect smoke in the air, a quick visit to Perimeter can provide clarity on evacuation status.

Thank you for your attention to this important update. Together, we can enhance our preparedness and response capabilities to safeguard our community.

Volunteering and Training Opportunities

The Sheriff's Office manages El Dorado County's Search and Rescue Team. A volunteer organization that responds to searches, rescues, and supports the Sheriff's Office during disaster emergencies.

For more information on Search and Rescue please visit the Search and Rescue page.

Disaster Council


The El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services participates in a biannual Disaster Council meeting which makes recommendations to local governing agencies on matters pertinent to the development of mitigation, disaster preparedness, response and recovery plans, and programs for any potential local emergency. This allows for consistent and uniform standards so that plans do not conflict with one another. Disaster Council meetings provide for communication and coordination between the public and private sectors in the County in analyzing and developing plans, projects, policies, and procedures for emergency operations.


  • Sheriff Jeff Leikauf - Director/Designee of OES
  • Chief Michael Lilienthal - OA Fire & Rescue Coordinator
  • Chief Joe Wren - City of Placerville Representative
  • Chief Jim Drennan - City of South Lake Tahoe Representative
  • CAO Tiffany Schmid - CAO/Designee of El Dorado County


The Disaster Council meets a minimum of twice a year and meetings of the Disaster Council are held at the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office:

  • 200 Industrial Drive
  • Placerville, California, 95667
  • Time (TBD)

2024 El Dorado County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

El Dorado County is following a 4-phase and 9-step planning process to update and develop an MJHMP during 2023 - 2024, following FEMA guidance with consultant assistance. Residents, organizations, interested stakeholders and businesses are encouraged to contribute to the planning process.

Review the El Dorado County Multi-Jurisdictional Plan Draft and Annexes for the participating jurisdictions for City of Placerville, Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD). El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE), and Cameron Park Community Services District (CSD).

The draft will undergo a public review period until April 23, 2024. Written comments and questions may be directed to Deputy Scott Bare, El Dorado County OES by calling (530) 621-5895 or by email at

Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan - Wildfire Evacuation Study

Summary of Previous Meetings

Additional Resources