The City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the primary location for internal operational, planning and logistical activities in the event of a localized or regional disaster impacting Albany. The EOC is located at 1000 San Pablo Avenue, at the Albany Civic Center. The EOC was constructed in 2008/09 as part of the overall seismic retrofit of the Civic Center Complex, including seismic improvements for Police and Fire Department. The facility is strategically located between the Fire Station and the Police Department to allow immediate activation by emergency responders in both agencies. The retrofit received funding from FEMA's "pre-disaster mitigation" grant program, and the EOC has been designed to withstand substantial earthquake activity. As part of the upgrade, all telecommunications and power systems were upgraded.
The City has continued to steadily improve its level of preparedness and response capability in the Emergency Operations Center. The City of Albany has conducted several full-scale "table top" drills, functional drills and a full-scale drill with all City Management Team members. Also, the Regional Information Management System (RIMS) is installed and financed by the Alameda County OES and State of California's OES. Staff members have been trained by the State and County OES in the use of the RIMS program.
RIMS is the management of information between the City of Albany, Alameda County and State Office of Emergency Services. Major Incident Event Reports (MIER), Situation Reports (SR), Initial Damage Estimates (IDE) and Duty Logs (DL) are part of this reporting system. These reports, including Mission Requests (MR) are compiled on the computer data base program. The City of Albany then sends these reports to the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services for evaluation and to facilitate requests.