Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Baylor Cartica, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator


Over the past several years, the state has experienced an unprecedented number of emergencies and disasters. As these climate-driven natural disasters become more severe in California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) staff has met each new challenge head-on.  

The nearly 2,000 staff at Cal OES have responded to increasingly complex disasters in fresh and innovative ways, strengthening the foundation of emergency management to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.   

This week, Cal OES welcomes you to learn more about Baylor Cartica, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator with the Debris Operations Unit. His responsibilities entail orchestrating, strategizing and overseeing  

debris removal operations, such as hazardous waste removal, technical assistance, right-of-entry access forms, coordinating with State and Federal emergency management and environmental protection agencies, and engaging with affected households and businesses.  

“It’s humbling for me and really fulfilling to be able to help these survivors right after a disaster in the first step of recovery,” Cartica said. “This is the most unique job and it’s given me the coolest experiences to meet the coolest people.”  

He is passionate about helping the community and really getting to know the needs of the regions that are most frequently impacted by disasters. His can-do attitude and empathetic approach to debris operations helps Cal OES’ success in all comprehensive removal programs. 

Prior to joining Cal OES, Baylor served for several years with the United States Coast Guard.