Continued… Part V – How does the EOC operate? (Part 2) and NIMS.

It’s Friday today…. father of the days.

Today I’ll discuss the remainder 5 bullet points of how does the EOC operate and a brief description of NIMS.

How does the EOC operate? (Part 2)

  • During activation, the Incident Management System is led by the Incident Manager, who manages the response in collaboration with teams of experts pulled from across MERC to work with EOC core personnel.
  • Emergency operation plans developed by MERC describe the roles and responsibilities of different offices, centers, and institutes across the agency during an emergency.
  • MERC shall have an all-hazards base plan that outlines core roles and responsibilities for all-hazard responses, as well as plans for scenario-specific events such as landslides.
  • EOC staffs also serve as the initial point of contact to communicate with emergency response partners who provide support to the on-scene Incident Commander.
  • The Incident Commander is responsible for the on-scene incident response, including control of resources and resolution of on-scene issues.


  • The proposed National Incident Management System (NIMS) shall be a companion document that provides standard command and management structures that apply to response activities.
  • This system shall provide a consistent, nationwide template to enable Federal Government, State governments, and local authorities, the private sector, and NGOs to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.
  • This consistency provides the foundation for utilization of the NIMS for all incidents, ranging from daily occurrences to incidents requiring a coordinated Federal Government response.

To be continued… Part VI – MERC Conceptual Framework: The remainder contents


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