Emergency Operations Center support team
The King County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Support Team is made up of professionals and retirees - including business, education, and healthcare professionals - who donate their time and expertise to support the EOC during emergency activations, trainings, and exercises. The team was created in 1995 as a 501(c)3 non-profit community service organization and serves under Washington State's Emergency Worker Program.
Common Support Team responsibilities:
- Work closely with EOC Program and Operation Managers
- Fill leadership and support roles during EOC activations
- Participate in EOC projects, programs, and activities
- Support "Communications Room" activities
- Assist in training, curriculum development, and instruction
- Develop recruitment strategies and promote EOC Support Team growth
- Coordinate the application, review, and approval process for volunteers
- Provide a mentoring program for new EOC Support Team members
- Maintain membership data and training records
EOC Support Team meetings and training
The Team meets monthly for training and exercise sessions. King County Emergency Management also conducts routine trainings and exercises that are open to EOC Support Team members. Volunteers go through appropriate training to serve in the EOC during emergencies. Team members may also be trained to fill a range of roles, such as: Communications Lead (radio operators/call takers/information routers); Planning; Logistics; feeding; and more.
EOC Support Team Readiness Team members maintain a high level of personal preparedness and readiness to respond. Participants must first ensure their families are prepared. Team members should be equipped with personal supplies appropriate for emergency response and be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Becoming a member
Prospective members first complete the EOC Support Team Applicant/Interest Memorandum (Word form). Email your completed form to Jason Shirron or send to: King County Emergency Management, 3511 NE 2nd St., Renton, WA, 98056.
Application for membership is reviewed by the Team membership coordinator(s) and the KCEM Program Manager. Upon approval, prospective members then complete the "Emergency Worker Application" which is provided by King County Emergency Management.
Members must register as State Emergency Workers and submit to a criminal history and driving record background check before participation. New members may be approved for provisional membership while the above steps are being completed.
Jason Shirron, Program Coordinator