purposes. Each operational area is responsible for coordination of disaster
planning, response, and mutual aid within its area, and for communicating
with other operational areas and with the Governor's Offi ce and regional
centers. The satellite permits each operational area to talk and send
data to any or all of the other 57 operational areas, to the three regional
emergency operations center, and to the Governor's State Operations
Center. This system is exclusively for disaster-related information.
The State next developed standardized formats for messages: a)
for reporting information about disasters; b) for requesting mutual aid;
c) for reporting status of operations and resources; and d) for providing
information for after-action reports. This California information system
is called the `Response Information Management System' (RIMS). The
information can be distributed using the OASIS satellite communication
system or using other communication systems if they are operable after
the disaster. RIMS uses off the shelf commercial software, Lotus Notes.
Information about RIMS can be found on the State of California's OES
web site which has details about all of the formats for the various disaster
The formats for distributing disaster information have been developed
to follow a logical time sequence. After an event occurs, such as an
earthquake, the local community prepares a basic incident report to tell all
the appropriate authorities that something has happened. This is called the
`Event/Incident Report.' `Situation Reports' are subsequently distributed to
provide updated information on the incident.
`Mission Request/Tasking' messages asking for mutual aid are next
sent if the disaster is so large that the resources of the local community are
insuffi cient. The responding agency indicates whether or not it can provide
the requested resources.
`Status Reports' for the Standardized Emergency Management System
(SEMS) Reports Databases are prepared and distributed so that everyone
will know what has happened, what is happening, and what is planned
to happen in a variety of functions such as: Mass Care and Shelter; Fire
and Rescue; Law Enforcement; Hazardous Materials; Medical/Health;
Movements Initial Damage Estimates
The use of standardized formats by the Lotus Notes software makes
it possible for all relevant organizations to put their information into the
Disaster Information The State next developed standardized formats for messages: a) for reporting information about disasters; This California information system is called the `Response Information Management System' (RIMS). Information about RIMS can be found on the State of California's OES web site which has details about all of the formats for the various disaster information reports.