CRESA Always Here, Always Ready

Behind the scenes at the EOC

By 6:30 am, the first person has arrived; between 7:00 and 7:30, everyone else has signed in. The daily health screening process completed, they are ready to begin another day in the Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency).

Each day, this dedicated group of CRESA, Clark County Public Health, and other partnering agency employees step into roles they have trained for, taking on responsibilities outside their usual roles. They are joined by an amazing group of volunteers who work just as hard and just as many hours, helping with everything from planning, logistics, volunteer coordination, technical support, and public information.

Working 10 to 12 hours each day, they continue to make efforts to observe safety protocols being emphasized to the public: social distancing, sanitizing work spaces several times through-out the day, multiple hand washing sessions, and liberal use of hand sanitizer. Additionally the CRESA building has implemented precautions to protect staff and essential operations, which include:

  • No unauthorized persons permitted in the facility
  • Health screening processes have been implemented for all individuals entering the EOC
  • Ensuring EOC workstations comply with social distancing recommendations

Staying healthy is very important to this group of people. While they are prepared to work from home, they realize it would undoubtedly slow the pace of activity, and with a situation that changes as fast as COVID-19, the ability to pivot and refocus quickly is vital.

Most work through lunch. In between questions and discussions, in between meetings, there is an occasional conversation, the rare burst of laughter. Then it’s back to work, and quiet focus on the responsibilities in front of them.

The wrap-up meeting begins at 5:30 pm. By 6:00, most are signed out and on their way home. They will be back tomorrow, and the next day… This group of hard working, dedicated people, are committed to assisting Clark County in its response to the COVID-19. Unseen, they make a positive impact as they help our community track a path forward during these uncharted times.

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