- Reflects the normal state of readiness and response countywide. In
MODE 1 there are no major emergencies or multiple incidents that
require the extended use of multi-agency resources.
The County MACS EOC is maintained on a readiness level with normal
daily staff. Most of the MACS coordination points (county and city
EOCs) are not be operational. Communications during evenings or
weekends is handled by the county or city dispatch centers through
their normal processes.
- Reflects a situation that may cause a mobilization of mutual aid
resources above normal day-to-day activity.
The basic distinction between MODE 1 and 2 may be seasonal, such as:
*Heightened preparedness during peak high-tide periods
A MODE 2 condition may be declared if a single incident exceeds
automatic aid provisions. A MODE 2 may also be declared when more
than five resources from one discipline are dispatched to an
incident out of County.
ALERT - This mode
is intended to alert emergency responders of a situation that has a
significant potential to escalate the resource draw from one or more
disciplines. A MODE 3 ALERT may be the result of a significant
incident within the county or a major incident out of county where
mutual-aid resources may be dispatched to assist.
- This mode reflects a serious situation where at least one
discipline requires the use of extensive mutual aid to handle the
incident. Is based on the need for coordinated resource tracking,
information sharing, situation analysis, advanced planning, and/or
additional logistical support. An assessment is made on whether to
partially activate the County MACS EOC to support basic MACS
responsibilities, including logistical support, damage assessment,
Examples of events that would lead to MODE 3 operations include:
*Civil disturbance from labor strike impacting law enforcement
*Medical disaster declared (larger than MCI), heavily impacting
*Large illegal animal shelter impacting animal control resources
*Fire incidents requiring more than two strike teams
- This mode reflects a serious situation where two or more
disciplines require the use of extensive mutual aid to handle a
serious incident. Generally indicates the existence of an all-out
County effort, where the allocation and use of emergency response
resources require a concerted, multi-agency coordination effort.
Under MODE 4, the County MACS EOC is staffed to handle all MACS
functions. Agency representatives from affected jurisdiction shall
be requested to respond to the MACS EOC to speak on behalf of their