Emergency Operations Center

Disasters Happen

And we are preparing for the next one. When a disaster happens here, we may be on our own for some period of time. While we encourage everyone to personally prepare, there will be times that is not enough. It may not be enough in terms of the degree of the disaster or the length of recovery time. That is where your Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is the local service that connects us together and to other regional resources.

Our Emergency Operations Center

The EOC concept is implemented nationally at all levels of government and communities. We have established our community EOC at the Echo Lake Community church on Lost Lake Road. It is centrally located, has parking and space for special operations.

The EOC has supplies for medical triage and food. It also provides a principal place for community information and critical communications with the county, state, and federal agencies. Keeping track of injured people, fires, and other critical information will be handled by trained staff at the EOC.

During a disaster and the recovery period, there is usually considerable confusion and lack of good information for the public. The EOC staff will gather information and report accurate information to the community on a real time basis. In addition, it is critical to disseminate this information to other agencies as it is needed to gain wider support.

If you would like to be part of this operation, training, and mission, please contact emergencyoperations@echolakecommunity.org.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

A prime component of the community emergency response are teams of trained responders that will administer search & rescue, aid, communication out in the community. This unit is the hands-on people that will be evaluating and helping individual households following a disaster. More information about this effort can be found HERE.

Ham Radio Operators

During a disaster, communications are critical. We have a trained and licensed group that provides various communications around the community. They will assist the CERT teams communicate to/from the EOC with their on-going status and critical needs.

Education and training are critical to the success of this part of operations.

If you are a Amateur Radio Operator and would like to be part of the team, please contact emergencyoperations@echolakecommunity.org.