Emergency Operations Centers and Terrorism Response
An Emergency Operations Center is a centralized command and control room where public safety, emergency response, and support agencies can plan, prepare and respond to a wide variety of events. Emergency Operations Centers are often used by the local, state or federal government to coordinate many different departments into one cohesive preparedness and response center. Shared information must be brought together and quickly analyzed to make potentially lifesaving decisions that can effect an entire population of citizens.
Terrorism preparedness and response efforts have become a top priority. Emergency Operations Centers all over the globe must have the tools in place to respond quickly to a potential threat or incident. EOCs are not just used in emergency situations; often the spaces are used for multipurpose meetings and training events, making the most of the technology investment. This means that the furniture and audio/visual components must be carefully selected and configured to allow for rapid response when the space needs to go into EOC mode.
Training is a vital element of EOC operations. Emergency Management departments must keep their staff current on best practices to deal with terrorist activity including recognizing possible threats and how best to take precautionary measures as well to how the react if an act of terrorism occurs in their jurisdiction. This can take up resources not needed before and whereas in the past some EOCs were only used when necessary, now you will find more staffed 24/7 to monitor possible terrorist activity and increase response time to threats or possible terrorist activity.
In addition, collaborative tools are becoming a standard in the Emergency Operations Center environment. Constant has implemented collaboration tools into EOCs that let the staff interact with first responders in order to best gauge the next action steps. This can be helpful in when in EOC mode but also for training as they can record and live stream training sessions to multiple groups of people or bring live off-site training exercises to a wider audience.
At Constant, we know that public safety can depend on an EOC running at peak efficiency. Emergency Operations staff must be able to display a variety of data from within the EOC as well as external video and audio sources so that the correct response plan can be developed and implemented across multiple agencies. Touch enabled displays are also helpful and allow a user to annotate, save and send files.
Constant has worked in a variety of EOC environments and has the experience to help you get the most out of your space. We can help you to determine the best layout for furniture as well as integrate the audio/visual technology that best suits your needs. Our control systems allow users to easily interface with the technology. We have developed furniture solutions that allow for collaboration within an EOC but adapt to a classroom and training environment, with strategically placed power and network plug-ins.
Please contact us today if you have questions about our Emergency Operation Center capabilities or to discuss getting design options for your Emergency Operations Center
About Constant Technologies
Constant Technologies Inc. is a premier integrator providing customized audio-visual integration, technology and custom furniture solutions worldwide. With over 30 years’ experience, its seasoned team has access and experience with sensitive environments, such as Cyber Defense and Homeland Security. Constant designs, installs and services projects of all scopes and size to create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics and functionality in mind.
July 6, 2016