Emergency Operations Center
In an Emergency...
Each municipality, village, and township in Cuyahoga County has identified an Emergency Coordinator to serve as the primary point of contact for emergency and routine administrative communications with our office. The Emergency Coordinator is the link between the Office of Emergency Management and city, village, and township officials.
During times of emergency the Office of Emergency Management will work closely with all Emergency Coordinators to exchange critical information including alerts, warnings, requests for assistance, situation reports, weather updates, and damage assessment estimates (a requirement for potential reimbursement).
Incident Management Team - An Incident Management Team (IMT) is a team of trained and qualified individuals used to fill in and help support an ongoing incident should they be requested. Imagine the bench of a sports team. Same concept; just in an incident scenario.
Credentialing, Assembling, and Typing Resources - One of the main responsibilities of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is to assemble and distribute resources in support of an incident. To that end, it is important for the EOC to know what resources it has and where they are.
- Credential - make sure resources are up to FEMA standards),
- Assemble (or at least know where the resources are to distribute),
- Type (sort the resources and put like resources together for easy distribution).
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
In a disaster or emergency situation, key decision makers from pertinent agencies assemble at the Office of Emergency Management to help facilitate the decision making process and the resource acquisition process.
The Emergency Operations Center has approximately 40 work stations. A specific incident will determine what agencies are represented.
After a disaster, County Damage Assessment Teams will assess the damages, tabulate the damages, and send the data to the Ohio EMA. From there, if necessary, the data goes to FEMA. For federal assistance, the county needs to have sustained a certain dollar amount in damages. For the policies and current information, visit http://ema.ohio.gov/Recovery_DAToolbox.aspx.