Current Activation Levels
Current SOC Activation Level:
Level 3 (Monitoring)
Current Hurricane OPCON Activation Level:
OPCON 5 - Normal Operations
State Operation Activation Level Information:
Level 1 - Full Scale Activation of The State Operations Center - In a full scale activation, all primary and support agencies under the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan are notified. The State Operations Center will be staffed by GEMA personnel and all Emergency Support Functions.
Level 2 - Partial Activation of The State Operations Center - This is a limited agency activation. All primary, or lead, Emergency Support Functions are notified. The State Operations Center will be staffed by GEMA personnel and necessary Emergency Support Functions
Level 3 - Monitoring Activation - Level 3 is typically a "monitoring" phase. Notification will be made to those state agencies and Emergency Support Functions who would need to take action as part of their everyday responsibilities.
OPCON Activation Level Information:
OPCON 5 – Normal Operations and Atlantic Basin Monitoring
OPCON 5 represents to the normal day to day operating level of the GEMA SOC during any
time of the year when no direct threat to Georgia is posed by a tropical cyclone. Typical actions
outside of hurricane season (December 1 – May 31) include reviewing and updating operations
plans, developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), conducting training or exercises,
facilitating public outreach and education, reviewing impacts from previous hurricane seasons,
and incorporating lessons learned and best practices into operational procedures. During hurricane season (June 1 – November 30), OPCON 5 represents the monitoring phase.
Regular and vigilant monitoring of the Atlantic Basin is conducted to determine the existence
or status of any tropical system that may pose a threat to Georgia. When a tropical cyclone
poses a threat to any Gulf or Atlantic coast state, coordination efforts are initiated.
OPCON 4 – Potential Impacts Within 120 Hours
OPCON 4 represents an initial threat posed to Georgia or the Southeast U.S. by a tropical
cyclone and the ensuing ramp‐up operations. A threat to Georgia refers to both direct or
indirect impacts by a tropical cyclone to the state – indirect impacts typically involves the influx
of evacuees from a threatened state and direct impacts refer to the arrival of tropical cyclonerelated hazards: storm surge, tropical storm‐ or hurricane‐force winds, tornadoes, and torrential rain leading to inland flooding.
Threat is qualified by the possible impact of tropical cyclone‐related hazards within 120 hours
(five days) which is represented graphically by the NHC forecast track error cone. A threat to
other Southeast U.S. state also necessitates the transition to OPCON 4 due to the potential for
Georgia to receive evacuees.
Operations during OPCON 4 typically include a partial activation of the SOC; information
about the threat is disseminated to key disaster partners; regional conference calls are held
with threatened areas and / or neighboring states; and preparedness efforts are coordinated
with FEMA, NHC, NWS, local EMAs, and other state EMAs.
OPCON 3 – Potential Impacts Within 72 Hours
OPCON 3 represents a significant elevation of threat posed by a tropical cyclone. A threat is
considered significant when tropical cyclone‐related hazards – traditionally tropical storm
force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) – are forecasted to affect Georgia within 72 hours (direct
impacts). This may also include the anticipation of significant indirect impacts such as the
coordination of federally‐assisted evacuees from another threatened state.
During OPCON 3, the GEMA SOC may be fully activated (SOC Level 1) with all relevant ESFs to
adequately prepare for the elevated threat.
OPCON 2 – Potential Impacts Within 48 Hours
OPCON 2 represents an operational level where multilateral and broad reaching protective
actions are initiated. During this timeframe, actions supporting evacuations – both interstate
and intrastate – and preparatory actions in anticipation of direct impacts are undertaken.
During OPCON 2, the GEMA SOC is likely to be fully activated (SOC Level 1) with all relevant
ESFs to adequately prepare for the elevated threat.
OPCON 1 – Potential Impacts Within 24 Hours
OPCON 1 represents the most elevated level of operational preparedness and response. It is
the action phase where all protective actions in preparation of direct impacts from tropical
cyclone related hazards are finalized and all actions for coordinating indirect impact‐related
protective actions are undertaken.
During OPCON 1, the GEMA SOC will remain fully activated (SOC Level 1) with all relevant
ESFs to adequately prepare for the imminent threat.