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Office of Emergency Management

Background & OEM Team

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was developed by Rod Gould in July 2011, who was Santa Monica's City Manager at that time.  As City Manager for a number of California municipalities, Mr. Gould brought his experience in several incidents and emergencies over the previous 15 years to the inception of OEM. It is made up of two divisions.

Emergency Services & Preparedness

Emergency Services & Preparedness administers the implementation of extensive disaster planning, training and proactive community-based preparedness programs to ensure that the City of Santa Monica is a disaster resilient community. Emergency Services & Preparedness also oversees the operation of the City's Emergency Operation Center (EOC).  The EOC provides a central command center for all City Departments and external response stakeholders to work collaboratively to manage, plan, prevent, and recover from all planned and unplanned events and emergencies within the City of Santa Monica. 

Public Safety Communications (PSC)

Public Safety Communications is responsible for providing joint communications services to the Police and Fire Departments, including answering 911 and non-emergency telephone calls, dispatching public safety resources, and providing emergency medical dispatch services and 911 education to the public. PSC leadership continually strives to improve recruitment, training, cross-training and retention of the PSC dispatchers.  This will provide for a more experienced and educated work force.

The Team

Lindsay Barker, Chief Resilience Officer 

Lindsay Barker serves as the City of Santa Monica’s Chief Resilience Officer, overseeing the Office of Emergency Management’s two divisions: Emergency Services & Preparedness and Public Safety Communications.

Over the past ten years, Lindsay has served in various emergency management agencies including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs, and Santa Barbara City Fire Department. She most recently worked for Providence Saint John’s Health Center as the Health Center’s Safety Officer, Director of Emergency Management and Public Safety and Community Ombudsperson. Lindsay has created and implemented various emergency management programs for both public and private entities focusing on emerging diseases and bioterrorism threats, chemical and radiological incidents, spontaneous volunteer management, and employee disaster training programs.

In her role as Chief Resilience Officer, Lindsay will be focusing on the concept of “community resilience,” better preparing the local population to recover from events ranging from acute emergency incidents to long-term chronic challenges, such as climate change or economic recessions.  Lindsay will be working to create and implement a multi-disciplinary community resilience framework for the City of Santa Monica, focusing on participatory local-level disaster planning. 

Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in international studies from American University focusing on international development and a Master’s of Public Health with a specializing in emergency public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Paul Weinberg, Emergency Services Administrator

Paul Weinberg has been involved in emergency management since 1990. During his career, Paul has been involved in the preparedness for, response to, recovery from, and mitigation of disasters in California including earthquakes, wildfires, and other incidents.

Paul served as the Emergency Services Coordinator with the City of Santa Monica from 2003 to 2015, when he became Emergency Services Administrator, and is currently part of the City’s newest Division, the Office of Emergency Management, which is tasked with developing a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response program.

Mr. Weinberg is a member of professional organizations including the California Emergency Services Association, the International Emergency Managers Association, and is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Santa Monica Organizations Active in Disasters (SMOAID), which focuses on preparing businesses, residents, and service providers in Santa Monica, for emergencies. Mr. Weinberg holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, with a focus on Emergency Management, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and School of Public Policy.

 

Christopher Herren, Communications Administrator

Christopher Herren was appointed as the Communications Administrator in December 2014 to manage public safety communications for the City of Santa Monica, starting with overseeing the consolidation of Santa Monica’s police and fire dispatch centers.

Chris has worked in public safety communications for over 20 years, serving as a training officer, tactical dispatcher, supervisor, and manager. He began his career as a dispatcher for the City of Vallejo in Northern California and joined the team that helped establish the Elk Grove Police Department’s dispatch center in 2006, working as a supervisor and manager there. Starting in 2010, he served as the dispatch manager for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to moving to Southern California, Chris served on the board of directors of his community association and a youth sports organization. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

Chris represents that California State Sheriff’s Association on the California State 9-1-1 Advisory Board Long Range Planning Committee and he served on the State 9-1-1 Policy Workgroup that updated the 9-1-1 funding policy for public safety answering points in 2014. He holds Emergency Number Professional and POST management certificates.

 

Lindsey Folsom, Administrative Staff Assistant

Lindsey Folsom came to the Office of Emergency Management in November 2013 after 8 years as a Staff Assistant III for the City of Santa Monica Police Department’s Special Enforcement Division where she continues to be a member of the PD’s Historical Committee. Previous to that time, Lindsey had a 20+ year career in the financial services and technology arena as an account manager with such companies as Lotus Development, Citicorp and the NYSE. 

Lindsey is an outdoor enthusiast and has traveled and hiked in many places around the world and has completed 51 marathons, with her PR being 3:01:05. Lindsey is actively involved in her community and as a board member of her neighborhood association she sought grant funding that brought the first residential solar street light to the City of Los Angeles.  

Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Columbia University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration, with a focus on International Business and Marketing, from NYU Stern School of Business.

 

Contact Us

The Office of Emergency Management is located at 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica CA 90401.

Phone (310) 458-2263  Fax (310) 449-4414

email us: oem@smgov.net

 

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