Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Phillip Labra, a Senior Emergency Services Coordinator and Earthquake Program 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 Phillip Labra, a Senior Emergency Services Coordinator and Earthquake Program Coordinator. 

His duties center on the agency’s strategic goal to strengthen California’s ability to plan, prepare for and provide resources to recover from earthquakes. As a program manager and specialist with the Seismic Hazards Branch, Phillip coordinates with program partners, is on call around the clock during seismic events and educates the public during outreach events. 


“It’s an awesome perspective to be able to reach out to the community in their backyard to talk about how they’re preparing for earthquakes,” Phillip said. 


Phillip is passionate about helping Californians directly and working with Cal OES’ many partners on emergency management at the local, state and federal levels. He enjoys training, mentoring and interacting his peers and colleagues.  

Through the Seismic Hazards Branch at Cal OES, the team focuses on improving the safety of California’s residents and visitors before a disaster strikes by enhancing earthquake, tsunami and volcano preparedness. Phillip joined Cal OES as an intern with International Affairs in 2012. He has risen through the ranks during his career and has been involved with many units over the years.