Emergency Management

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Activation of Levels

The Orange County EOC is a facility designed to bring together representatives from numerous agencies and organizations to coordinate the many tasks associated with disasters and other major emergencies. This response is often graduated and tailored to meet the needs of the situation. 

Level 5: Normal Operations

The Orange County Division of Emergency Management is tasked with the responsibility to undertake surveillance and monitoring activities in event of an emergency that may affect the residents of Orange County.

The Division of Emergency Management is also charged with the responsibility of maintaining the EOC in a constant state of readiness. This includes regular tests of equipment and procedures to ensure that they are effective and in working order. 

Level 4: Increased Monitoring

When the Division of Emergency Management detects or is notified of an event or situation that may impact the health, welfare or safety of a large number of residents in Orange County, the Division of Emergency Management may increase its monitoring activities. 

Level 3: Limited Activation

When the Division of Emergency Management detects or is notified of an event or situation that may have significant impact on the residents of Orange County or a serious event were to occur in Orange County, a Level 3 Activation may occur.

A Level 3 Activation does not require 24 Hour staffing of the EOC in order to meet the needs of the situation. One shift per 24 hour period is all that is required. 

Level 2: Limited Activation (24 Hours Activation)

When the Division of Emergency Management detects or is notified of an event or situation that will require a limited activation of the EOC on a 24 hour basis then a Level 2 Activation of the EOC will occur.

A Level 2 Activation requires 24 Hour staffing of the EOC in order to meet the needs of the situation. Two shifts per 24 hour period will be required. 

Level 1: Full Activation

When the Division of Emergency Management detects or is notified of an event or situation of significant impact to Orange County or an event of national significance, a Level 1 Activation of the EOC may occur.

A Level 1 Activation requires complete 24 Hour staffing of the EOC in order to meet the needs of the situation. Two full EOC shifts per 24 hour period will be required.