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Public Health Responses Supported by CDC's Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

When a disaster occurs, CDC responds and supports national, state, and local partners to save lives and reduce suffering. CDC's Emergency Operations Center serves as CDC's command center for monitoring emergency response to public health threats in the United States and abroad. Staffed around-the-clock, the EOC is the central point of contact for reporting public health threats, and supports the Secretary's Operations Center of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response manages the EOC.

EOC Responses Since 2001

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  • 2014 MERS-CoV; Unaccompanied Children;Ebola Outbreak
  • 2013 H7N9; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
  • 2012 Polio; Meningitis Outbreak; Hurricane Sandy
  • 2011: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami; Polio Eradication Response; Hurricane Iren
  • 2010: New Hampshire Anthrax; Haiti Earthquake; Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Haiti Cholera Outbreak
  • 2009: Salmonella typhimurium outbreak; Presidential Inauguration; H1N1 Influenza
  • 2008: Satellite intercept; Salmonella and E. coli outbreaks; Hurricane Dolly; Tropical Storm Edouard; Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike
  • 2007: XDR/MDR TB Patient; Hurricane Dean
  • 2006: Mumps; Tropical Storm Ernesto; E. coli outbreaks; Botulism Outbreak; Mycoplasma Pneumonia
  • 2005: Presidential Inauguration, Marburg virus; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma
  • 2004: Avian Influenza, BioWatch, Influenza vaccine shortage; Guam typhoon; Ricin; Citites Readiness Initiative, G8 Summit; Summer Olympics; Democratic National Convention; Republican National Convention; Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne; West Nile Virus; Tsunami
  • 2003: Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster; SARS; Monkeypox; Northeast blackout; Hurricane Isabel; Domestic Influenza; California wildfires; Ricin; Tularemia; Anthrax; BSE (Mad Cow Disease)
  • 2001: World Trade Center Attacks; Anthrax Attacks

Response Evaluations

After an exercise or real world response, CDC assesses what worked well and what could be improved, and prepares after action reports and improvement plans. Included in these reports are assessments of how response operations did and did not meet objectives, recommendations for correcting gaps or weaknesses, and plans for improving response operations. CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response manages the development of these reports.

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