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What is an Emergency Operations Center?

When an incident occurs, incident stabilization activities (e.g. firefighting, damage assessment, property conservation) may be underway at the scene of the incident. Others assigned to support incident stabilization, business continuity or crisis communications activities will report to an emergency operations center (EOC). The emergency operations center is a physical or virtual location from which coordination and support of incident management activities is directed. 

The Humboldt County Sheriff's OES manages emergency response from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), using the Incident Command System (ICS). The state Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), and the federal National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Framework (NRF) establish common operating procedures, best practices, and a “whole community” approach to disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Emergency managers are very fond of acronyms.

Large EOC
A large-scale EOC activated in response to the COVID-19 emergency in Humboldt County.

A small county EOC activated in response to localized flooding.

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1. What does the Office of Emergency Services do?
2. What is the Humboldt Operational Area?
3. What happens when a disaster exceeds the capacity of local response agencies?
4. What is an Emergency or Disaster Declaration?
5. What is an Emergency Operations Center?
6. What is a Joint Information Center?