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Department of Water Resources (DWR) Emergency Response/Services (ER/ES) GIS Unit. Melody Baldwin Flood Operations Center. Outline. DWR priorities Standardized Emergency Management System Flood Operations responsibilities GIS Data Management & Tools. DWR Emergency Response Priorities.

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department of water resources dwr emergency response services er es gis unit

Department of Water Resources (DWR) Emergency Response/Services (ER/ES)GIS Unit

Melody Baldwin

Flood Operations Center


DWR priorities

Standardized Emergency Management System

Flood Operations responsibilities

GIS Data Management & Tools

dwr emergency response priorities
DWR Emergency Response Priorities

Protect life, property, and infrastructure

Protect water quality and water supply

Protect the environment

statewide response
Statewide Response
  • Responsible for entire state
  • Majority of responses within Central Valley
  • Respond to any event that impacts our watersheds
dwr s role emergencies
DWR’s Role: Emergencies
  • Emergencies are declared by local, county (OA) or the State (Governor), not DWR or NWS
  • DWR and NWS do not order evacuations
  • The FOC provides public warnings & technical assessments for emergency managers, law enforcement and government agencies
  • The FOC provides public information to the media and citizens
standardized emergency management system sems
Standardized EmergencyManagement System (SEMS)
  • A framework for coordinating emergency response in California
  • Utilizes the Incident Command System originally developed by fire agencies for managing wildfire response
sems organization
SEMS Organization








management functions
Management Functions
  • Sets policy for the jurisdiction
  • Provides for continuity
  • Directs overall emergency response
  • Ultimate accountability
operations functions
Operations Functions
  • Coordinates inter-agency response
  • Receive/evaluate/respond to requests for assistance
  • Set jurisdiction priorities
  • Provide field status reports to Management and Plans/Intel
planning intelligence functions
Planning / Intelligence Functions
  • Collect/analyze information
  • Develop situation reports
  • Action Planning
  • Advance Planning
  • Technical Specialists
  • Demobilization
logistics functions
Logistics Functions
  • Personnel
  • Transportation and Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Supply/Procurement of goods
  • Communications
foc program background
FOC Program Background

DWR’s state-wide flood emergency responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating with local, State, and federal agencies
  • Providing technical assistance during a flood emergency
  • Requesting technical and/or flood fight assistance from USACE on behalf of local agencies using PL 84-99
  • Joint production and dissemination of flood forecasts and warnings in cooperation with the National Weather Service and the California-Nevada River Forecast Center
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FOC Program Background

Year-round the FOC provides:

  • Emergency preparedness and response training
  • Flood fight training
  • A focal point for gathering, analyzing, and disseminating forecasted meteorological and hydrological information to cooperating agencies, emergency managers, law enforcement, the news media, and the public.
  • Development and maintenance of emergency response and business recovery plans, procedures, manuals, etc.

State-Federal Joint Flood Operations Center

  • Flood Center (916) 574-2619
  • Recorded Conditions and Forecasts (800) 952-5530
  • Public CDEC access -
  • Agency access - Call (916) 574-1777 to Apply
  • Web Cast Weather/Hydrology Briefings

  • Directory of Flood Officials and Emergency Phone Cards:

Wendy Stewart (916) 574-2619 or

flood alerts and activation
Flood Alerts and Activation

Flood Alertis declared by the Flood Operations Branch Chief due to:

  • Forecasts of sustained storm patterns and resulting flood potentials
  • Need for coordinated field operations
  • Technical assistance requests from local agencies
  • Activation of local / regional emergency operations centers

A Flood Alert is what “activates” the FOC under SEMS up to 24 hour operation

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Flood Alerts and Activation

Flood Mobilization is declared by the Flood Operations Branch Chief when the FOC needs additional:




Financial resources

  • Fall 2007 – Southern California wildfires
    • July 2008 – Mud/debris flows – Inyo County Mud Flow
    • January 2009 – Medford Island Levee repair
    • August 2009 – Ship soft grounding – Bradford Island
    • October 12-13, 2009 – Columbus Day Storms
  • Confronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook, Esri Press
  • FloodSafe GIS Standards (Nov 2009)
  • Flood Emergency Operations Manual

State-Federal Operations Manual February 2002

  • Common Operating Picture (Public and Intranet)
  • CDEC
  • California Levee And Stream Information System (CLASIS) viewer FloodER

  • Floodplain Managements viewer:

  • Cal Atlas, DWR Image Server, Jane, Joel, Harry
  • Northern Region, GIS Portal
  • GIS Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents (PMS 936- NFES 2809)
  • Directory of Flood Officials DWR Oct 2010
data management
Data Management
  • FOC GIS Data (read only)
    • X drive
    • \\gis1\Data
  • FOC GIS Projects (special requests)
    • Y Drive (share folder)
    • \\gis1\Staff Data
  • Relative Path
  • Admin
  • County Boundaries > CntyBdry
  • CntyBdry_NAD83.gdb
    • T = Teale Albers
    • SP = State Plane
    • II = Zone
    • 83 or 27
  • GIS Desk Reference
  • Build library – Templates in 10
  • GIS Training
  • Adopt standards for Flood Emergencies
  • Questions to answer
    • Do a survey to find out who has GIS skills and what level?
weather and operations briefings
Weather and Operations Briefings
  • Seasonal weather briefings during stormy weather
  • Operational briefings added during FOC activation
  • Reservoir operations conference calls
  • Joint media conferences and briefings
  • FOC facilitates coordinated operations
river stages defined
River Stages Defined

Typical Non-Leveed Stream

Typical Leveed Stream