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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.
  • 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.
  • A quarterly newsletter providing timely 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 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




CESA Chapters

  • CESA is organized into three geographic Chapters – Inland, Coastal and Southern.
  • 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.