webeoc-buttonOn June 29 2012, Central Virginia experienced the Derecho… the unusual storm splintered trees, blocked roads and knocked out power for a week or more for some. The days that followed included displaced citizens in need of shelter and food, residents in search of ice, batteries and candles. The city of Lynchburg recently approved the purchase of WebEOC Professional. EOC stands for Emergency Operations Center. The software lets everyone from hazardous-materials teams to search-and rescue-squads to damage assessors share notes, view objectives and track progress. The city has been using a limited version of the WebEOC since last year. The program helped coordinate the immediate response to April’s train derailment downtown, making sure law enforcement, hazmat crews and various damage assessment teams all worked together. The program also was used in last year’s smaller derecho and a massive missing-person search.