About OEM

Fully established in 2021, the City of Temecula's Office of Emergency Management coordinates the planning, response, support and recovery efforts before, during, and after any large-scale event as well as many emergencies. 

The City of Temecula’s Office of Emergency Management is a function of the City Manager’s Office in cooperation with our stakeholders which include the Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the Riverside County Emergency Management Department. The Emergency Manager works closely with the City and all of its stakeholders representing the “whole community” to ensure all functions of Emergency Management are effectively implemented. 

City personnel prepare for disasters by developing effective plans, conducting training and exercises, and ensuring facilities and equipment are ready for response at a moment’s notice

The City of Temecula Emergency Management Program (EMP) employs the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as doctrine for an all-hazards response. Both SEMS and NIMS are emergency management systems that provide a consistent template for all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector so that they can work together to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of their cause, size, location, or complexity. 

OEM is responsible for developing and implementing city-wide programs and projects that promote disaster planning, training, mitigation, response, prevention and recovery for all-hazards. 


To create a secure and resilient City with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the City of Temecula.


The goal of the City of Temecula’s Office of Emergency Management is to educate the citizens of Temecula about their ongoing role in preparing for emergencies through education, community outreach, and training. Through creating an increased emphasis on disaster preparedness, the Office of Emergency Management looks forward to reinforcing interdepartmental communications and cooperation across the City. By creating a community culture of preparedness and fostering partnerships with local public and private groups, as well as business, it is our goal that Temecula will work as a community, with neighbor helping neighbor, when a disaster strikes.

 Guiding Principles

Temecula’s Office of Emergency Management will be

  1. Comprehensive – consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters within the community
  2. Progressive – anticipate future emergencies and disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build a disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient city
  3. Risk-Driven – use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources
  4. Integrated – ensure unity of effort among all levels and government and all elements of the community including, public safety, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector
  5. Collaborative – create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication
  6. Coordinated – synchronize the activities of a relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose
  7. Flexible – use creative and innovative approaches in solving challenges
  8. Professional – value a science and knowledge based approached based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement