Spokane County Emergency Management's Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) currently does not have a physical location, but will be chosen at the time of the incident based on the size of the incident and space needed. Please note: not all incidents require a physical ECC.
The function of an ECC is to have a centralized location where all aspects of incident response can be coordinated for multi-agency and/or multi-jurisdictional emergencies or disasters. Spokane County's ECC is configured around a Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) / Emergency Support Function (ESF) model.
The physical size, staffing and equipping of an ECC depends on the size of the incident, resources available and anticipated incident management workload. ECCs may be organized and staffed in a variety of ways.
By standardizing key elements of the emergency management system, the ECC is intended to:
Facilitate the flow of information within and between agencies, the various levels of government (Local, County, State, and Federal) and the community during an emergency or disaster.
Facilitate the coordination of resources among all responding agencies during an emergency or disaster.
Assist in coordination for continuity of services throughout the community during an emergency or disaster.
Use of the ECC is intended to provide support, coordination, and prioritization of scarce resources throughout an incident. It will also reduce resource ordering duplication on multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional responses. The ECC is designed to be flexible and adaptable to the varied disasters that might occur. It addresses the needs of all emergency responders and agencies involved.
The ECC will coordinate and support resource requirements using mutual aid, mobilization plans (fire, law) and any other existing channels.