Emergency Preparedness Office
The City of Commerce's Emergency Preparedness Office is responsible for directing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), coordinating the City's emergency response, and providing training to the City's 20-member Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team.
The USAR team is an elite, on-call group of dedicated employees who are trained to respond to disasters within the City such as power outages, severe rain storms, train derailments, such as the one that occurred in 2003, and others.
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Emergency Operations Center
The new state-of-the-art EOC facility was dedicated to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard in October 2014. The facility serves as the headquarters for first responders in an emergency such as an earthquake or other major disaster. In addition to being resistant to fire and seismic activity, it features a fully integrated audio/visual and communications system allowing staff to track progress on incidents as well as EOC functions which include planning, finance, logistics, operations and public information. The facility is also equipped with an auxiliary power source, a back-up generator, additional needed space to execute EOC operations and functions, and other emergency equipment and supplies to ensure Commerce's first responders will have a fully functional facility from which to conduct emergency response operations.
The City also operates a mobile EOC which is outfitted with the necessary communications equipment to assist rescue workers in case of a disaster. The mobile EOC is used for a variety of routine functions including area policing and neighborhood watch operations.
For more information about the City's Emergency Preparedness Division, please call (323) 722-4805, ext. 2809.
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Emergency Preparedness Information
Learn how you and your family can prepare for an emergency by reviewing the following information: