Activation of Disaster Service Worker

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A message from:
Board of Supervisors
Susan S. Muranishi, County Administrator
Joe Angelo, Human Resource Services Director

April 7, 2020

As you know, as public employees we are all designated as Disaster Service Workers. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency declarations, County employees will be assigned as Disaster Service Workers (DSW) in accordance with California Government Code Sections 3100-3109.

As noted in Government Code Section 3100:

  • It is hereby declared that the protection of the health and safety and preservation of the lives and property of the people of the state from the effects of natural, manmade, or war-caused emergencies which result in conditions of disaster or in extreme peril to life, property, and resources is of paramount state importance requiring the responsible efforts of public and private agencies and individual citizens. In furtherance of the exercise of the police power of the state in protection of its citizens and resources, all public employees are hereby declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

If you are provided an assignment as a DSW, you are required to follow your DSW reporting instructions as well as complete the necessary DSW forms provided by the Emergency Operations Center Personnel and Volunteer Unit. As a DSW, you are expected to report to work as directed and may not be excused unless you are on approved leave.

Employees assigned as DSWs may be needed to perform general duties such as clerical support, damage assessment, driving, food preparation, sorting, packing, loading, or other duties as assigned. Some employees may have more specialized duties, depending on the work they normally do, and/or any special skills they may possess. As a DSW you may be asked to perform duties outside of your classification. You will receive adequate instruction and/or training for any duty or function you do not know how to perform.

If you have any questions regarding your assignment, please contact your Agency/Department HR Office. Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation – we value your contributions and commitment to public service.