Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers

Thursday October 18, 2007

Who are they? Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers (EPLOs) are reservists from the military services who advise on the provision of their service's resources in an all-hazards environment. They help maintain effective communication between the military components, the Department of Defense and other federal, state and local agencies. They work closely with the 10 U.S. Army North Defense Coordinating Officers, who serve as the single point of contact within their regions to plan for and provide defense support to civil authorities during a declared disaster.

What has the Army done? The Army has EPLOs in each state and Federal Emergency Management Agency region in the United States. The Army is committed to supporting our nation's disaster planning and response efforts by providing the appropriate training for reservists who serve as EPLOs.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Army North's Defense Coordinating Officers will continue to leverage the service expertise of DOD EPLOs to provide seamless support to federal and state partners in disaster planning and response.

Why is this important to the Army? The Army is committed to its mission of protecting the American public and our way of life while remaining prepared to save lives and alleviate suffering in the event of natural or manmade disaster.


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