Day to day operations are conducted from departments and agencies that are widely dispersed throughout the City. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a location from which centralized emergency management can be performed during a major emergency or disaster. This facilitates a coordinated response by the Director of Emergency Services, Emergency Management Staff and representatives from organizations who are assigned emergency management responsibilities. The level of EOC staffing will vary with the specific emergency situation.
An EOC provides a central location of authority and information, and allows for face to face coordination among personnel who must make emergency decisions.
The EOC totals 22,176 square feet and includes an operations area, radio room, kitchen, conference rooms, bathrooms and office areas. Emergency power is provided by two diesel generators with an emergency fuel reserve sufficient for 5 days. The EOC has the capability to house and feed staff for 72 consecutive hours. On-site services include kitchen, bathrooms, and sleeping cots.