The very first emergency operations center (EOC) in the United States can be traced back to the military before the 1900s. These centers were originally created as part of the United States civil defense, built with the purpose of continuity of governments and found mostly in basements. In the 1960’s, because of the heightened tensions of an escalating Cold War, some centers were buried underground in shock absorbing concrete boxes able to withstand a 20-megaton nuclear bomb blast three or four miles away.
Speed forward to 2014, EOC’s can be found in many nations, at all government levels, large corporations as well as in some universities. They are the central command and … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO – The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) to support local cities and counties impacted by heavy rain, snow and high winds during the next few days across the entire state.
Weather officials say this is one of the strongest storms in years in terms of wind and rain intensity. Several parts of California could see more than six inches of rain and wind gusts above 60 mph.
Emergency managers have been proactively preparing for this powerful storm by monitoring its path, communicating with the National Weather Service, and asking residents to take simple steps to ready their businesses and homes for … continue reading »
Northern California’s countryside is burning with more than a dozen massive fires having torched more than 117,000 acres, destroyed homes and other buildings and damaged critical infrastructure. The drought and prolonged heat wave has fostered an abundance of dry fuel ready to feed the flames as fast as they can consume them. As a result, firefighting resources are being pulled from city, county, state and federal levels.
On Sunday morning, August 3, 2014, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) activated its State Operations Center, also known as the SOC, less than a day after Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency in 11 Northern California counties.
Our team at the California Emergency Management Agency is second to none. Disasters strike without notice triggering a response that brings long hours, frayed nerves and little room for mistakes. Although you may often see the agency’s leadership in the public eye during a critical event, they are backed by a crew of dedicated professionals working tirelessly in the background. It’s a system based on the power of our team and the passion of individuals.