What is CESA?

CESA is a dynamic organization of the leaders and practitioners in Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation in California. The mission of CESA is to support and coordinate the efforts of its members concerning Federal, State and local emergency management policies; improve the professional status of its members; and provide information to members concerning legislative matters. CESA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion of mutual support and cooperation across disciplines in preparing for natural and human caused disasters and public emergencies. CESA is comprised of emergency managers from all disciplines and levels of experience –yet we share common goals. Our strength lies in our diversity of education and knowledge. We invite you to join and add your expertise!



Why Join CESA?

Our strength lies in the diversity of our emergency management education and experience.
Our Members enjoy the following benefits:


  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with hundreds of emergency management professionals in multiple disciplines.
  • Access to forums on best practices, lessons learned, and current issues in emergency management.

Legislative Activities

  • Collaboration with Cal OES and other emergency management organizations to encourage leadership development, promote professionalism, and support strategic planning for the future of emergency management.
  • Monitoring of state and federal legislation and regulations, as well as activities, trends, and other issues affecting the emergency management community.
  • Provisions for the awareness of the roles and responsibilities of emergency managers through outreach to other organizations and disciplines.

Professional Development and Education

  • Wide-ranging educational programs, online training seminars, and workshops conducted by subject matter experts and key individuals in the emergency management field.
  • Leadership development opportunities in serving on various CESA committees.
  • Discounts and priority access to the CESA Annual Training and Conference; the premiere emergency management conference in California.

Resources and Other Member Benefits

  • Members-only access to an online resource library containing emergency management toolkits, articles, grant information, and prospective employment opportunities.
  • CESA newsletter providing pertinent information on current emergency management initiatives, legislative issues, and agency news at the local, regional, tribal, state, and federal levels.
  • A comprehensive mentorship program designed for emergency management professionals in all career stages.
  • Recognition of innovative programs and excellence in emergency management through the CESA Awards Program.



CESA Chapters

  • CESA is organized into three geographic Chapters –Inland,Coastal andSouthern.
  • By joining CESA, you automatically become a member of the chapter covering your area.
  • Each Chapter has regularly scheduled Board meetings and holds informational seminars and training sessions throughout the year.

CESA Membership Year:

  • One full year from the date joined
  • Dues are not prorated

CESA Membership Levels:

Individual Membership
  • One member
  • $75 annually
Organizational Membership
  • Minimum of two members
  • $65 per person annually
Benefactor Membership
  • Six members
  • $1,000 annually
Student Membership
  • One member
  • Full-time student (12 units per semester)
  • $25 annually