To ensure that the city is prepared for emergencies, an emergency operations plan provides guidance for preparedness, response and recovery. Consistent with federal and state laws, as well as local ordinances, the plan covers key issues for staff, including disaster and emergency responsibilities and training and community education. To assist the city and the region with mass care and sheltering, an evacuation plan has recently been adopted, and potential shelter sites have been identified.
The Emergency Operations Center
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) serves as a centralized location for emergency operations. Activited at the request of the City Manager, Emergency Preparedness Manager or any city department director, the center will coordinate and support the community response to a disaster and coordinate efforts with county, state and federal agencies.
Designated staff report to the EOC to coordinate response efforts and support field operations. All or part of the Emergency Management organization and/or the EOC may be activated during a disaster.
The level of activation will be determined by the nature and extent of the disaster. The EOC can be operational 24 hours a day and is equipped with alternate power supplies for use during a general system failure.