City Staff and the Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) have been trained to open and operate the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the event of a disaster in the community. The EOC’s major purpose is accumulating and sharing information to ensure coordinated and timely emergency response and recovery.
The EOC is approximately 1,625 square feet and includes an operations area, radio room, kitchen and shower facilities. Emergency power is provided by a diesel generator. The emergency fuel reserve is sufficient for 3 days. Power will provide for normal operation of all City Hall and EOC functions including lighting, wall circuits, climate control, telephones and radios. The EOC has the capability to house and feed staff for 24 consecutive hours.
Communications are provided in the EOC and include seven (7) dedicated phone lines, one (1) fax line/machine, four Local Government Band, UHF, two way radios, three (3) amateur two way radios including 2 meter, 440 and 220 bands and multi-channel radio scanner. Communication facilities will be continuously staffed during emergencies, either by volunteers or City staff.
The EOC can be activated if there is a significant earthquake causing damage in the City or neighboring jurisdictions; a wildland interface brush fire; an impending or declared "State of War Emergency"; or an emergency situation that has occurred or might occur of such a magnitude that it will require a large commitment of resources from the City over an extended period of time. Examples include a major hazardous materials incident, civil disturbance, aircraft disaster or severe weather conditions.