In the event of an emergency or disaster, the City of Maple Ridge may activate the Municipal Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The Emergency Operations Centre is "mission control" during a major response where key municipal personnel and other agencies involved gather to support activities taking place at the site(s) of the emergency. For a more efficient response, the City of Maple Ridge and City of Pitt Meadows may combine EOCs into one location if both municipalities are impacted.
The EOC does not command or control on-scene response efforts, but does carry out important support functions through:
Collecting, evaluating and disseminating incident information such as public alerts and notifications;
Analyzing jurisdictional impacts, maintaining maps and display boards, and setting priority actions;
Managing requests, procurement and utilization of resources;
Coordinating and liaising with federal, provincial and other local governments as well as other agencies involved in the response;
Planning for the continuance of government.
The level of Emergency Operations Centre staffing varies with the specific emergency situation. Whether it be a volunteer or paid staff, each individual must be properly trained on what the EOC is, how it supports events and what to expect when called to work an activation. The City of Maple Ridge staff and volunteers regularly test the activation, set-up, and operation of the EOC to ensure its constant readiness and effectiveness.