Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

By May 9, 2016 June 17th, 2016 On the Road, Partnering Up

When a disaster occurs, CDC must respond effectively to support national and international public health emergency response partners. A critical component of CDC’s work during a public health emergency is to coordinate response activities and provide resources to state and local public health departments. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) ( brings together scientists from across CDC to analyze, validate, and efficiently exchange information during a public health emergency and connect with emergency response partners. When activated for a response, the EOC can accommodate up to 230 personnel per 8-hour shift to handle situations ranging from local interests to worldwide incidents.

Jon Lipsky toured the EOC at CDC with his Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Class. Special thanks to the CDC EOC staff who work day and night monitoring public health situations around the globe!