Distric Emergency Operation Center (DEOCs)

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Immediate first response to any disaster has to be from the district administration. Hence it is necessary to ensure that District EOCs are strengthened / constructed with state of the art emergency communication equipment to communicate with State EOC as well as other local level functionaries.
In order to assess the present condition of the District EOCs, a survey was carried out by GSDMA for all the districts in the State. A detailed format was prepared and sent to the District Collectors listing out the details about the present status and requirement of infrastructure in the District EOCs. A list of minimum facilities required in an EOC was also prepared by GSDMA and circulated with the format to all the 26 districts. The minimum facilities required in an EOC are as shown below:
  1. Chamber for district Collector (with attached toilet)
  2. Small meeting room (with video-conferencing facilities)
  3. Communication Room (with TV, Radio, Wireless, Telephone and other communication equipments)
  4. Workstations for line departments (with 2 or 3 local phone facilities)
  5. Visitor’s Room / Waiting Room
  6. Store Room
  7. Pantry
  8. Rest Room / Retire Room (with toilet) for 2 people
  9. General toilets
As per the information collected from all the District Collectors, it was found that in 25 districts viz. Ahmedabad, Anand, Patan, Navsari, Amreli, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Dahod, Dangs, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kheda, Valsad, Tapi, Kutch, Mehsana, Narmada, Panchmahal, Porbandar, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Surat, Surendranagar and Vadodara, there was a need for constructing new EOCs. Only in case of Bhavnagar district, it was indicated that there is no need to construct a new EOC but will require adding some more basic facilities in the existing EOC. Hence it was strengthened accordingly.
It was also decided by the State Government that districts in high risk areas should have EOCs of comparable physical capability to the model for State EOC. Moreover, the District EOCs had to be made more resilient than the State EOC as it will be the first principal responder in the case of a major local emergency. Hence it was decided to construct the District EOCs in all the districts having the capabilities implied by the Government of India specifications for a State EOC. Hence the designs and drawings for all the District EOCs were prepared considering the Seismic Zone - V as base.
Currently, construction / strengthening work of 25 District EOCs is completed. For Surat EOC, land suitable for construction (at higher ground) has been identified and work for preparing the estimates is under progress through the R & B Department.

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