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State EOC Activation Levels

Emergency Services breakout room - State EOC

The State Emergency Operations Center activates to allow the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) to monitor incident conditions, coordinate response and provide support to counties.  

Levels of Activation

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is partially or fully activated depending on the level of an event.

Level 1 - Any disaster/emergency that requires continued involvement of all SERT members after the event (e.g. hurricane, winter storm).  The EOC is fully activated with 24-hour staffing from all SERT members.  The National Response Plan is activated with deployment of the Federal Emergency Response Team (ERT) to the State EOC for response and recovery activities.

Level 2 - Any disaster/emergency that will require large scale State and possibly federal assistance in recovery.  The EOC is fully activated with 24-hour staffing from all State Emergency Response Team (SERT) members.

Level 3 - Any disaster/emergency that is likely to require the assistance of several State agencies.  All emergency support function agencies are alerted; however, the EOC is activated and staffed only with NC Emergency Management personnel and identified or specific State agencies.

Level 4  - Any disaster/emergency that is likely to be within the capabilities of local government and results in only minimal need for state assistance.  State agencies that would take action as part of normal day-to-day responsibilities are notified.  The EOC is not activated.

Level 5 - Normal day-to-day activities.  EOC not activated.