Disaster Service Workers

Emergency Info Hotline

California state law designates all employees of the State of California as disaster service workers. (California Government Code 3100-3109) During or following a major emergency or disaster, any employee of Sonoma State University may be called upon to work in your regularly assigned position or in a role you do not normally perform.

Because every emergency is different, the range of possible assignments during an emergency vary greatly. Examples of jobs that disaster service workers may be asked to do include, but are not limited to:

  • Checking in other workers or volunteers
  • Assisting with food service to workers and volunteers
  • Clerical or administrative work
  • Staffing barricades
  • Assisting the American Red Cross
  • Running messages between departments
  • Filling sandbags

Depending on your background and skill-set, you could be assigned to assist in the University Emergency Operations Center or for a different department in support of their emergency response and recovery responsibilities.

Although you are likely to be assigned to work in an area that is not your normal work assignment, you will not be required to perform a task that you are not trained for or are physically unable to perform. Your work schedule may change and you may report to a different supervisor. If you have signed the state employee oath (provided when you begin working for the CSU), you will be paid your normal salary and are subject the same worker's compensation protections as you are during your normal service.

Specific departments may have unique call back procedures for employees following a disaster. It is every employee's responsibility to be familiar with your department's emergency procedures. If your department does not have a call back procedure, you may be notified of the need for employees to return to work through the media, the Emergency Hotline (888-533-5388), email, text message or other means. If you are called back to campus, be sure you have your employee identification card.

If you have questions about your status as a disaster service worker, please call Police Services at (707) 664-4444.