Emergency operations coordination is required to direct and coordinate the implementation of public health preparedness capabilities, and is critical to public health emergency preparedness and response. Emergency Operations Centers are staffed by trained personnel who handle the ramifications of an emergency. In Vermont, Department of Health members of the Health Operations Center, specialize in handling all aspects of a public health emergency. These staff are notified of an emergency and are required to assemble at a designated location (or to an identified facility) within a short period of time. Time is often of the essence during an emergency and therefore it is important to be able to respond as quickly and safely as possible.
Being measured is the time for pre-identified staff covering activated public health agency incident management lead roles to report for immediate duty. In Vermont the identified lead roles include the following six ICS/IM roles: Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, Planning Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, Finance/Administrative Section Chief and Public Information Officer.
Longer response time is worse performance. The best possible time (although unobtainable) is zero minutes of response time. Department of Health staff strive for the quickest response time while responding safely.