Public health emergency situations can quickly get out of hand. Contagious illnesses spread like wildfire without treatment and containment. Emergency Operations Centers are absolutely essential to preventing large-spread outbreaks. The professionally trained staff work together to eradicate illnesses and prevent large-scale potential disasters.

Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) can either be in a physical location or operated virtually. They tend to help underdeveloped countries that have few resources and large populations. These centers utilize Incident Management Systems to maintain a streamlined work process that has been proven to be effective.

EOC was originally created in response to a polio outbreak. The EOC continued to be utilized and developed to combat and control Ebola in Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Emergency Operations Centers have saved countless lives since their origination.

Containment of Infectious Diseases

University of Alabama at Birmingham