Emergency Operations Center [EOC] Law and Legal Definition

An Emergency Operations Center or EOC is an established control facility from which emergency operations can be directed and coordinated. In an EOC the local and State staff and officials receives information relating to an incident. This is where the decision makers and support agencies should report to supervise an evacuation. The main functions of EOC include:

provides direction, coordination, and support to emergency operations;

carries out disaster management functions at a strategic level in an emergency situation;

ensures the continuity of operation of a company, political subdivision or other organization;

collects, gathers, and analyzes data;

makes decisions that protect life and property;

maintains continuity of the organization, within the scope of applicable laws; and

disseminates those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals.