LLIS Lesson Learned: Emergency Operations Centers: Protocols for Notifications of Activation   [open pdf - 48KB]

" On the morning of November 7, 2007, the motor vessel (M/V) Cosco Busan, a 902-foot container ship, struck the base of a Bay Bridge tower in San Francisco Bay, resulting in an oil spill of approximately 53,000 gallons into the bay. Initial reports stated that only 140 gallons of oil had been released. However, reports throughout the day indicated that a much larger spill had occurred. A Unified Command structure was established on November 8, with the California Department of Fish and Game, the US Coast Guard, and a representative of the M/V Cosco Busan responsible for planning, managing, and responding to the oil spill. The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), California, departments supported response and recovery operations following the spill. CCSF departments developed and implemented a range of measures, including beach cleanup, waterfront protection, wildlife protection, and the management of volunteers. CCSF partially activated its EOC [emergency operations center] on November 13, 6 days after the incident occurred. However, no official notification was sent from the EOC to relevant departments informing them that the EOC had been activated. […] EOCs should possess a protocol for notifying appropriate governmental departments, elected officials, and relevant non-governmental organizations of an activation."

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