Activated during large-scale events, the EOC is a central location for senior officials from city, county, state and federal agencies to coordinate response efforts, make decisions and disseminate information. With more than 70 workstations to support operations for dozens of agencies, the EOC also serves as a clearinghouse for sharing information during emergencies.
Also during large-scale emergencies, the Joint Information Center (JIC), located within the EOC gathers information from EOC personnel to disseminate to the public.
Also co-located in this 56,000 square foot, three story, seismically fitted, FEMA-361 rated building is the new county Emergency Communications Center.
EOC features include: the Operations Room, Media Center, several multipurpose rooms, Public Information and Coordination Center, Regional Multi-Agency Coordination Center, Joint Information Center, Policy Room, Control and Information Center, Situation Room, Command, Planning, Logistics and Finance cells.
EOC Organization: Arranged according to NIMS/ICS standards into Management, Operations, Planning, Logistics and Administrative sections.
Communications: EOC has a local and wide area information technology network, county-wide TRS 800 Mhz. radio system, analog, digital and satellite telephone systems, fully integrated audio-video display systems, video conferencing facilities, connection to external video systems (TMC and MoDOT), redundant weather radar systems, Missouri’s EMSystem, WebEOC, and local and regional GIS capabilities.
Survivability: Setback from street, perimeter fencing, wind and blast-resistant exterior and interior surfaces, video surveillance, 24-hour onsite occupancy, emergency back generators, a centralized uninterrupted power source (UPS), reserve water capability, reserve fire water storage, redundant heating/ventilation/air conditioning and reserve waste storage tanks.