Presidential Emergency Operations Center

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Presidential Emergency Operations Center
After addressing the nation, President George W. Bush meets with his National Security Council.jpg
After addressing the nation on the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush meets with the National Security Council in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center
Building The White House's East Wing
Location Washington, D.C.
Country United States of America
Coordinates 38°53′51″N 77°02′15″W / 38.897600°N 77.03739°W / 38.897600; -77.03739Coordinates: 38°53′51″N 77°02′15″W / 38.897600°N 77.03739°W / 38.897600; -77.03739

The President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) is a structure that lies beneath the East Wing of the White House in the United States. Originally constructed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II, it is built to withstand a nuclear hit[1] and is likely to be the President's evacuation point in the event of an incoming ICBM (the main protocols of escape are highly classified). It is not in the same location as the Situation Room, which is in the basement of the West Wing. However, it does possess several televisions, telephones and a communications system to coordinate with other government entities during an emergency. During a breach of White House security, to include P-56 airspace violators, the President and other protectees will be relocated to the executive briefing room, next to the PEOC. Day to day, the PEOC is manned around the clock by joint service military officers and NCOs.

September 11, 2001[edit]

During the September 11 attacks, the PEOC was occupied by then-Vice President Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Norman Mineta, Mary Matalin, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Joshua Bolten, Karen Hughes, Stephen Hadley, David Addington, Secret Service agents and other staff, including an army major who was a White House Fellow.[2]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Ó Caollaí, Éanna (25 July 2015). "9/11: Newly released photos show US leaders in aftermath of attacks". The Irish Times. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Richard A. (2004). Against All Enemies. New York: Free Press. p. 18. ISBN 0-7432-6024-4. 

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