|The Orange County Operational Area (OA) Agreement was developed in 1995 for purposes of emergency management coordination, as required by the State of California's Standardized Emergency Management System. In 2017, the OA Executive Board identified a need to update the existing agreement to better reflect best practices and update operational information. The Board of Supervisors approved these revisions on May 19, 2020. The revised agreement also requires approval by the other jurisdictions that are part of the Operational Area.
The revised OA Agreement makes the following modifications:
- Adds five new OA Executive Board seats
- Transitions the Orange County Emergency Management Organization (OCEMO) to a simpler model aligning with the operational practices and bylaws of OCEMO
- Removes language conflicts between the OA Agreement and the Orange County Ordinance regarding staffing
- Reworks language related to OA finances, grant funding, and administration by broadening language referencing specific grant programs
- Removes language related to a grant program that no longer exists