CUEA serves as a point-of-contact for critical infrastructure utilities and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and other Governmental Agencies before, during and after an event to:

Facilitate communications and cooperation between member utilities and public agencies; and with non-member utilities (where resources and priorities allow).
Provide emergency response support wherever practical for electric, petroleum pipeline, telecommunications, gas, water and wastewater utilities.
Support utility emergency planning, mitigation, training, exercises and education.
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If you rely on wireline communications services on a daily basis to perform critical national security and emergency preparedness functions, including those areas related to safety, maintenance of law and order, and public health, you need GETS.

This program can be extremely beneficial during a major disaster or attack in which the public telecommunications networks are congested by high call volumes and/or damage to the telecommunications infrastructure.

CUEA staffs and manages the State of California Utility Operations Center

The Utility Operation Center (UOC) is staffed by the California Utilities Emergency Association (CUEA) per established MOU, and is intended to provide support to the state and serves as an active operational component of the State Operations Center (SOC) or Regional Emergency Operations Centers (REOCs) serving in the capacity of the Utilities Branch within the Operations Section. The SOC and REOC activate under the authority of California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS).



  • Emergency Response and Restoration Support
  • Mutual assistance in both statewide and interstate agreements
  • Planning, Training and Exercising
  • Members receive legislative alerts on Utility affected issues
  • CUEA is the only Utility Association with a Memorandum of Understanding with the California Office of Emergency Services


CANCELED - CUEA 2020 Annual Conference
June 18, 2020 | 9:00 AM

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to escalate, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our CUEA Annual Conference that was scheduled June 17th & 18th in Palm Springs. Due to the response and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, we will forgo our annual conference for 2020.  If you had already booked your room at the hotel, please make sure to cancel your reservation. CUEA will address the June Board and Membership business, including the election for the 7 at-large board members via email or conference calls.

Since our membership had such a positive response to the location chosen for the 2020 conference, we have opted to reschedule our 2021 Conference at the same location, The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel on June 16th & 17th, 2021.