Virtual EOCs: A safe way to prepare for extreme weather incidents

By Bruce Fitzgerald, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority FirstNet Authority

Volatile weather is becoming our new normal. To prepare for this reality, emergency managers are turning to a new tool: virtual emergency operations centers (EOCs).  

Virtual EOCs started to take off during the COVID-19 pandemic when everyone was trying to minimize contact. Today, virtual EOCs continue to be used because of the operational benefits they offer. There has been a shift in mindset about virtual EOCs — they’re no longer just a backup plan for when things go wrong but another way to operate in the emergency management space.



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