Activating the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
In the event of an emergency or disaster, North Shore Emergency Management may activate the Municipal Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to function as a "mission control" during the response.
The Emergency Operations Centre is a facility where key municipal personnel and other agencies involved in the response gather to support activities taking place at the site(s) of the emergency while facilitating a coordinated response.
Emergency Operations Centre activities during an emergency
During emergencies, we:
- coordinate resource requests from the site(s), establish priorities, and resolve any conflicting demands for support
- manage non-site activities
- coordinate and liaise with federal, provincial, and other local governments as well as other agencies involved in the response
- prepare and disseminate emergency public information to inform, alert, and warn the public
- prepare official press releases and schedule press conferences
- analyze and evaluate data and maintain maps, display boards, and other data required for emergency operations
- disseminate damage information and other essential data
- plan for the continuance of government
The level of Emergency Operations Centre staffing varies with the specific emergency situation.
North Shore Emergency Management staff and volunteers, as well as municipal staff, regularly test the activation, set-up, and operation of the EOC to ensure its constant readiness and effectiveness.