Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Chad Stokes, Region Emergency Communications 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 Chad Stokes, Region Emergency Communications Coordinator. His duties include coordinating, planning, instructing and monitoring Cal OES communications assets, such as radio equipment deployment, frequency coordination, satellite devices management, mobile internet devices and more .

“I enjoy working with the people that surround me,” Stokes said. “But most importantly, I enjoy serving Californians.”

He is passionate about helping the community, both local and state agencies, to fill any technical communications gaps or functionality before, during or after a disaster.

Chad previously worked for the California Highway Patrol as a Public Safety Dispatcher before joining Cal OES Fire and Search and Rescue division in 2007. He went to Ashford University where he earned his Bachelor’s in Public Administration and Master’s in organizational leadership.