The Village of Skokie’s state of the art Police Department houses the
Village’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This center is utilized as
a meeting destination for decision makers during an emergency event.
The EOC is supported by generators during power outages and serve as a
command center. Features of this center include two projectors with the
ability to project eight inputs, power/data connections in the floor,
and a partition that can split the room. Two kitchens, a supply room
with cubbies for each department, and an adjoining conference room are
just some of the additional amenities at the EOC.
In preparation for emergencies, the Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) Department has been working extensively with the Village’s Public
Safety Consortium providing maps and spatial analysis. A street map of
Skokie and the surrounding municipalities, as well as a damage
assessment grid map were provided to be laminated and used during an
emergency. The ability to connect to MapOffice and other GIS programs
has been verified and tested in preparation for an EOC activation.