What is the EOC?

The Grand Forks Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activates during times of disaster or emergency. It serves as the hub for city and county agencies and their partners to support other local governments and coordinate response efforts. Having an efficient and effective facility is key to successful emergency and disaster response.

ABOUT THE EOC

When an emergency occurs, each county agency carries out its responsibilities independent of other agencies. The activities of county agencies must be closely coordinated if the county is to respond effectively. The purpose of the Grand Forks Emergency Operations Center is to facilitate that coordination.

Activation Levels

The level of the county’s response is based upon the scope and magnitude of the incident. This is identified through the use of four EOC Activation Levels. They are:

Level I Full Activation (with State and Federal Support) – EOC Full Activation with State and Federal Support.

Initiated by a Presidential Disaster Declaration for North Dakota and Grand Forks County and includes full federal Emergency Support Functions (ESF) support.

Level II Full Activation– EOC Activation with Command Staff, General Staff and select county agencies.

Response to an actual event having significant impacts over a large geographical area. The EOC Manager will direct county agencies to provide assistance under the County Commissions Declaration of Local Emergency.

Level III Partial Activation– EOC Activation with Command Staff and General Staff

Activation of appropriate county agencies or Incident Command System (ICS) sections to closely monitor a developing situation or incident with limited impact. Actions may include preparing to or providing any necessary assistance as needed.

Level IV Monitoring – Continuous Monitoring

In coordination with county agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Grand Forks Emergency Management staff maintains countywide situational awareness.

Media

When the county emergency operations center is activated, a joint public information center (JIC) is established. All official news about any city or county agency response will be generated from the JIC. The JIC will also conduct news conferences, when needed, from the Grand Forks Police Department media briefing room. 

Reporters can contact the lead public information officer or the county JIC by phone or e-mail during activations. Their contact info will be published at that time.