Emergency Operation Center Opens in Response to COVID-19

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Texas Border Business

EDINBURG, Texas – On Monday, The U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) stood up its Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to coordinate the sector’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Incident Command System (ICS) structure is essential to determine the roles and responsibilities of our agency.

The EOC serves as a centralized location to manage Border Patrol’s resources that are strategically placed throughout the region. Its primary focus is to coordinate response efforts to ensure agents can carry out their duties in securing the border and provide emergency management assistance to other local, state and federal agencies.

The EOC coordinates with federal, state and local health officials and the EOCs activated within their respective jurisdictions as the region addresses the COVID-19 pandemic in a whole of government approach.  Our team is working with first responders and public health departments to ensure the protection of those tasked with mitigation and response efforts.

Currently, Border Patrol continues its law enforcement operations with no disruption to field deployments, processing of subjects, or checkpoint operations.

Because of the sensitive information within the EOC, news media will not be permitted access at this moment. Due to the volume of press requests related to COVID-19, members of the media are asked to send all questions and requests on this topic to [email protected]

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds

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