Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Russ Eads


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 Russ Eads, a Senior Emergency Services Coordinator for Disaster Logistics Branch, which focuses on managing and coordinating resources to support government operations during preparedness, response and recovery disaster phases.

In particular, he’s passionate about getting resources where they need to be during disasters.

“In the end it’s all about us responding quickly to an incident and assisting effected populations as best as possible so that they can get back to their lives,” Eads said.

As part of Disaster Logistics, Eads develops and updates training for state disaster plans. Over the last two years, his team explored logistics in the maritime world. Eads developed a Maritime exercise boardgame that brought outside organizations together and familiarized themselves in the most efficient ways to move mass cargo to a disaster area.

Prior to his position with Cal OES, Eads was a J-4 Battle Captain with the California Army National Guard. He enjoys sharing his military knowledge with his peers and helping his team in that way.