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Emergency Operations Center
Located in the basement of the public safety complex, the Elk River Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a multi-agency communications and coordination center. The facility provides a central point for coordinating operational, administrative and support needs during a large scale disaster response in the City of Elk River.

During a disaster or large scale emergency, the EOC is responsible for maintaining the strategic overview, or "big picture" of the event. The EOC does not directly control field assets, but, through direct communications, assists first responders and units in the field by
  • Collecting, gathering and analyzing data
  • Making strategic decisions to protect life and property
  • Maintaining government continuity
  • Ensuring adherence to applicable laws
  • Disseminating information and coordinating with other local, county, state and federal officials

One of the greatest benefits to the EOC is it puts key decision makers in the same room. When critical strategic decisions need to be made in an emergency, city staff and chief elected officials have a secure facility in which to conduct business.

The facility provides over 20 individual workstations each equipped with telephones and network access. Many of the workstations are also equipped with individual computer workstations, radio communications equipment and technical reference material. The EOC is also equipped with its own copy room and private conference room.