U.S. Department of Labor's Emergency Management Center seal

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Emergency Management Center (EMC) is responsible for implementing the Department's emergency management programs. The EMC ensures the safety and security of DOL personnel and the integrity of the DOL's National, Agency, and Regional office continuity plans. The EMC establishes the National Office (NO) operational framework and the infrastructure necessary for the Department to manage and fulfill its interagency responsibilities under the National Response Framework (NRF).

The EMC manages and staffs the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which serves as the conduit of information and coordinating body during an anticipated or actual emergency affecting the Department’s employees or facilities. The EMC performs a variety of other functions, such as providing guidance on personnel accountability, the continued performance of DOL essential functions, and the safeguarding/retrieval of physical and electronic Departmental information.

EMC Essential Functions

The DOL EMC's essential functions are:

  1. To lead and coordinate Emergency Support Function (ESF) 5 – Emergency Management on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL);
  2. To coordinate emergency preparation and response for DOL;
  3. To coordinate DOL continuity programs; and
  4. To maintain situational awareness and communications with internal and external organizations.