Emergency Operations

Stay Prepared

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.



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 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.

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