The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated during an emergency that has overwhelmed the normal day to day functions of the first responders. When activated, the city management team assembles to coordinate the appropriate response to the situation by applying city resources. The EOC has the capability to communicate with local, state and federal agencies by various means. The EOC has the ability to operate during a power failure with the use of a generator to power the building.What functions does an EOC perform?
- Information Collection
- Information Processing
- Information Display
- Information Dissemination
- Command and Control of assigned resources
What is found in a typical EOC?
- Communications links (telephone, cellular/PCS, 2-way radio, patching equipment
- Computer equipment with appropriate network connections
- Map displays to show geographic attributes
- Dynamic data (status boards) on the unfolding situation
- Static reference data
- Response plans, emergency operation plans, etc.
Who staffs the EOC?
- Law enforcement reps
- Fire/rescue reps
- Public Works reps
- EMS/Medical/Public Health reps
- Public information people
- Communications and IT technical support personnel
- Others, depending on type and size of incident