State Operations Center
The State Operations Center (SOC) is a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) used by state, federal, local and volunteer agencies, as well as private sector organizations to respond to disasters or emergencies that require a coordinated state response. It also includes the state's 24 hour warning point.
The SOC is organized using a combination of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) organizational components and the Emergency Support Function (ESF) structure prescribed by the National Response Framework (NRF). The organizational structure of the SOC consists of an Event Manager, command staff, general staff, and ESFs organized into functional branches.The ESFs are staffed by appropriate State agencies who have been assigned this responsibility pursuant to an Executive Order issued by the Governor and included in the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan (GEOP).
The SOC functions at an active monitoring level 24 hours a day. During normal operations it is staffed by a full-time cadre assigned to the GEMA/HS Operations Division. This cadre includes a 24-hour communications center (State Warning Point) as well as operations, logistics and communications staff members who are augmented with 24-hour on-call Duty Officer coverage. The level of activation may be increased to a partial or full activation at the discretion of the Governor, the GEMA/HS Director or his designated staff.