Purpose of the Project
Cal OES provides disaster planning, readiness, and response of state resources for the various emergencies and threats of emergency facing California, including earthquakes, floods, significant wildfires, prolonged drought impacts, public health emergencies, cybersecurity attacks, agricultural and animal disasters, and threats to homeland security. Currently, Cal OES operates the State Operations Center in the City of Mather in Northern California. This project would develop another Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Southern California that would mirror the operations of the Mather facility at a smaller scale and provide more effective state emergency support to local governments within the Southern Region. The Southern Region is charged with supporting a large area that is a major contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, with a population density centered on some of the state’s highest risk earthquake faults. It covers 11 counties within two mutual aid regions (Mutual Aid Region 1: Los Angeles, Orange, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ana, and Ventura Counties; Mutual Aid Region 2: Imperial, Inyo, Mono Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties) and includes 226 incorporated cities with a total population of 22.9 million people.
The Southern Region EOC would include an EOC, specialized training rooms, conference rooms, executive offices, and warehouse space to support vehicles and equipment and to store emergency-response commodities and supplies. The proposed project would replace the temporary Regional EOC, which is currently operating approximately 11 miles northwest of the project site in the city of Los Alamitos and would also act as a back-up State Operations Center for the Mather facility.
The project would develop the EOC on a 15-acre site within the Fairview Developmental Center (FDC) in Costa Mesa, which is currently being decommissioned. The facility would include two main structures- a 35,000-SF office building and a 20,000-SF support warehouse. Other improvements include outbuildings, landscaping and fencing, paved staff and visitor parking areas, a 100-foot microwave tower with 20 feet of equipment on top, a helipad and various other infrastructure improvements such as utilities, stormwater, intersections and roadways. The Project would also include energy infrastructure such as PV panels, battery energy storage and emergency generators and would be designed to be Zero Net Energy. The FDC is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and California Register of Historical Resources as a Historic District (Fairview State Hospital Historic District). Construction of the EOC is expected to begin in mid-2024 and the EOC is anticipated to open for operation in 2027. The Southern Region EOC would support full-time staff and establish a regional center to serve as a hub for critical emergency management planning and training programs.