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Activities that attempt to lessen the impacts of a disaster. The impacts include the damage to property and the effect of the disaster on the individual, family, business and community as a whole.
Actions taken to plan, organize, train, and equip response activities. Preparedness is a continuous process of evaluating and improving a community's ability to prevent and protect (mitigate), respond to, and recover from disaster.
Actions that are taken during or immediately following a disaster or emergency. These actions include the mobilization of emergency services, first responders, and activation of the Emergency Operations Center when necessary.
Activities which continue beyond the initial disaster response phase. Recovery focuses on restoring critical community functions to normal and managing reconstruction. Rebuilding efforts include mitigation practices to reduce risk for the future.
To learn how you can do your part to help your family and your community using these four phases of disaster, see the "Readiness" and "Volunteer" sections for more information.
The decisions made through the EOC are designed to be broad in scope and offer general guidance priorities. The EOC serves as a coordinated link between the Mayor / City Management and the field personnel coordinating the execution of event priorities.
The City of Coppell has two EOCs. The primary EOC is located at Life Safety Park and the alternate (back-up) EOC is located at the Fire Training Center attached to Fire Station #3.
The area labeled the “EOC” is only a small portion of the LSP EOC. During a full activation, virtually the entire LSP complex would be utilized to support the Emergency Operations Center.
Daily, emergency management operations are limited to the core of “EOC” or the “bubble”. This space houses six computer workstations that are available regardless of activities happening elsewhere at LSP. These workstations have video encoders to be able to input video from their displays into the distribution system for display almost anywhere in the facility. From these workstations, we have the following resources available:
Public Safety Monitoring
Warning / Notification
Beyond the dedicated workstations, the facility provides the foundation for the EOC capabilities. It was designed for fault-tolerant redundant capabilities for local network, internet, telecommunications and power. Additionally, the core of the facility is a hardened structure with features like concrete steel-reinforced walls/ceiling and high-wind rated windows.
the event of a large-scale disaster or even a large special event, the EOC at
Life Safety Park can take over classroom space and in a short time add up to 68
additional spaces for emergency staff. On top of the normal infrastructure, the
EOC maintains an additional 45 VoIP phones and 6 network switches to handle the
increased load. With expansion to full operations, the multi-purpose building,
safety house and public safety building can be used for expanded break-out,
feeding or staff/operations support areas.
EOC at Fire Training serves as the City’s alternate EOC. It is maintained in a
cold stand-by status where we have infrastructure in place, but it requires
items like telephones and computers to be brought in to support an EOC operation.
Due to limited size at this location, spaces at Town Center and 265 would be
incorporated for overall Emergency Operations Center activities.