The Mobile Command Center: Preparing For Any Disaster

The Mobile Command Center, or MCC, is, or was, a U.S. military program to develop and deployment of mobile command centers for use by the president of the United States to control operations in an overseas area from an air base. The president typically would use this command post to provide direct presidential authority over military actions at a U.S. embassy in a foreign country. Although no formal written agreement exists between the United States and some foreign governments concerning the distribution of military assets, there are provisions regarding emergency situations where the use of a Mobile Command Center may be authorized. In light of these potential uses, Congress has provided authority for the Secretary of Defense to determine whether to retain a Mobile Command Center in an overseas area. For this reason, the Mobile Command Centers is often referred to as MCCs.

Perhaps the most common use for a mobile command center involves the response to disasters. A well-established disaster response program can greatly increase the operational capability of local and state government resources, which in turn can increase public safety and reduce costs associated with emergency response. Many local and state governments contract with private businesses to operate MCCs as part of their overall emergency response plans.

The public safety and security of our nation depends on our ability to plan for emergencies and to make preparations for them. With natural disasters occurring periodically around the globe, our nation has never been safer. Private citizens and businesses have also taken advantage of a resource that has been established to allow the military the flexibility to set up mobile command centers wherever they may be needed. The Mobile Command Center concept not only benefits the military, but also civilian organizations that rely upon the timely assistance of the military in various situations. As the world becomes more interconnected, the use of a mobile command center has become an integral part of the way we work and live. When disaster strikes, it is important that everyone stay connected to and prepared for help from local and state authorities.