About OES

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The Office of Emergency Services (OES), in cooperation with local cities, special districts, and fire and law enforcement agencies, provides emergency management services. During an active incident that requires emergency sheltering, such as a fire or a flood, OES secures resources necessary for first responders to protect the community.

Fire Risk Increasing Insurance Premiums

After several years of drought and extreme wildfires, we’re aware that Placer County residents in some forested areas are reporting steep increases in their homeowner’s insurance premiums, or even cancellations. While at the county level we don’t have any jurisdiction or control over insurance rates, we continue to focus on reducing fire hazards and are coordinating closely with the state and other heavily-forested counties to make sure insurance regulation treats our residents fairly.

We can all help by doing everything possible to be fire smart. Homeowners who are facing especially unreasonable rate adjustments are encouraged to file a complaint online with the California Department of Insurance or by calling 800-927-4357I.

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The Placer County Fire Safe Alliance provides community assistance, informational and educational programs in an effort to reduce the risks of wildfire danger to life and property in our county.

  1. Preparedness
  2. Response
  3. Recovery
  4. Mitigation


Preparedness is all about pre-planning and education. Our office prepares emergency and contingency plans, ranging from evacuation plans to emergency operations plans. These help specify the roles and responsibilities of first responders and emergency management personnel an incident.


Office of Emergency Services staff attend trainings throughout the year, keeping our knowledge and skills current. We also plan and organize trainings and exercises involving Placer County and local, state, federal and regional agencies. People perform like they train, so training is a crucial aspect of preparedness. We also write and update county emergency plans.