Emergency Management

The California Grocers Association has established relationships with a number of key emergency management organizations including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the American Red Cross to provide CGA members real-time information during a natural, or man-made disaster and to assist these agencies in disaster relief.

Resources

Memorandum of Understanding

In 2008, the California Grocers Association was one of the first in the private sector to sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal-EMA). The MOU provides for CGA to be fully integrated into the state’s Standardized Emergency Management System. This allows CGA access to the State Operations Center – the statewide nerve center during any significant disaster – as part of the Business and Utilities Operations Center. CGA is provided real time situation reports that are forwarded to affected Association members. In return, CGA works with Cal-EMA as a resource during and after a significant disaster.

Memorandum of Understanding

Local and Regional Involvement

In addition to the state MOU, CGA represents the grocery industry at the regional and local level, attending numerous disaster preparedness and resiliency meetings and participating in workshops and tabletop exercises.

CGA is also working with the American Red Cross to develop programs to expedite the procurement of product during and after a significant disaster.

For more information on CGA’s emergency management program, contact Dave Heylen at (916) 448-3545.