An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a physical location designed to support emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications activities. LAUSD staff meets at the EOC to manage preparations for an impending event or manage the response to an ongoing incident. By gathering the decision makers together and supplying them with the most current information, better decisions can be made. The District maintains a primary EOC and three back-up facilities located in different parts of the school district. The EOC supports the following incident management functions:
Activation -Bring knowledge and expertise together to deal with events that threaten schools, students, and District operations
Situation Analysis -Gather information to determine what is happening and to identify potential impacts
Incident Briefing - Efficiently share information among team members
Incident Action Plan - Provide a single point for decision-making and decide on a course of action for the current situation
Resource Management - Provide a single point of contact to identify, procure and allocate resources
Incident Management -Monitor actions, capture event data and adjust strategies as needed
An EOC is not an on-scene incident command post (ICP) - where the focus is on tactics to deal with the immediate situation. An EOC is used to support on-scene activities through the prioritization of activities, gathering and disseminating information, and the allocation of available resources.IS-775 EOC Management and Operations This free FEMA online course describes the role, design, and functions of Emergency Operations Centers and their relationships as components of a multi-agency coordination system. The course contains disaster-related examples, activities and case studies that relate to EOC's and multi-agency coordination systems at the local, state and federal levels of government.It is best to take the IS 100, 200, 700, and 800 courses (linked on the STEPS website) before taking the EOC course.LAUSD EOC ResourcesA Link to LAUSD EOC Sharepoint site for LAUSD EOC Responders is available here for your convenience.