SHERIFF ELEVATES THE RESPONSE READINESS LEVEL FOR COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER For covid-19
As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the safety and security of all residents is Sheriff Villanueva’s top priority. As the County’s top law enforcement official, the Sheriff is designated as the Director of the Emergency Operation’s Center for the County of Los Angeles. Today, Sheriff Villanueva, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, toured the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure the County was ready to manage the health and safety of its residents.
The Operations Center, generally staffed by the Sheriff’s Department and the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, houses the tools and resources needed for all County departments to coordinate their disaster and recovery efforts, ensuring continuity in response to county-wide emergencies.
During these declared emergencies, County Departments send representatives to the Emergency Operations Center to begin planning efforts to support those county residents who are affected.
Due to the emerging needs of the County and in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sheriff elevated the response level from level 2 (minimal staffing by county department to provide for centralized emergency management) to a level 1, (Full staffing of the Emergency Operations Center to support centralized emergency management during a proclaimed local emergency).
Since this COVID-19 is a health-driven event, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management are the lead agencies.
However, The Sheriff’s Department will allocate management resources to garner all available resources better to support them. The Department is Staffing our Operation’s Center 24 hours a day. It will provide a Division Chief for the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure proper management of resources and shared information across the County of Los Angeles.
Sheriff Villanueva added, “It’s not about being scared; it’s about being prepared.”
LASD remains dedicated to working with all County of LA Leaders and Officials to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.