The Governor of California chartered the California Utilities Emergency Association in 1952 as part of the State’s Civil Defense Plan. The Assocation was created by a Joint Powers Agreement to represent California utilities on emergency related issues. In March of 1998, CUEA received federal tax exempt status as a 501(c)4 corporation. In January of 1999, CUEA received State Tax Exempt status.

A Diverse Membership

CUEA began with four members and has grown to include nearly 100 members. Members of CUEA represent the following utility sectors: water, wastewater, electric gas, telecommunications (including wireless) and pipeline. From the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada border and from Mexico to Oregon, CUEA Members service the entire state.

Partnership with the State

Being co-located at Cal OES headquarters in Mather, California allows CUEA immediate access to regional, State and Federal information. CUEA, via the Executive Director, actively participates in Senior Leadership and Executive level planning sessions and working groups. The Executive Director serves as the Cal OES Utilities Branch Liaison at the State Operations Center or one the Regional Operations Centers, representing the CUEA Member utilities.