Emergency Operations Center
An emergency operations center (EOC) is a physical or virtual location designed to support emergency response, business continuity, and crisis communicatins activities. Staff meets at the EOC to manage preparations for an impending event or manage the response to an ongoing incident. By gathering the decision makers together and supplying them with the most current information, better decisions can be made.
The EOC supports the following incident management functions:
- Activation - Bring knowledge and expertise together to deal with events that threaten the business.
- Situation Analysis - Gather information to determine what is happening and to identify potential impacts.
- Incident Briefing - Efficiently share information among team members.
- Incident Action Plan - Provide a single point for decision-making and decide on a course of action for the current situation.
- Resource Management - Provide a single point of contact to identify, procure and allocate resources.
- Incident Management - Monitor actions, capture event data and adjust strategies as needed.
The Emergency Operations Center was fully "stood up" on March 27, 2020 to assist the Emergency Manager in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The objectives of the Antrim County EOC are:
- Maintain situational awareness;
- Closely monitor and assess the impact on County continuity of operations, local communities, healthcare systems, and the economy;
- Provide logistics coordination and support to include continuous resource needs assessment and procurement for fire, law enforcement, healthcare and County staff;
- Support public information and crisis communication efforts;
- Ensure tracking and documentation concerning personnel costs and essential items purchased; and
- Obtain and provide guidance surrounding re-opening Antrim County.