UPDATE 10/24/2013 4:50 PM
In the event of an emergency like we saw last year in the Derecho, Washington County is now always prepared.
Thursday was the official opening of the Washington County Emergency Operations Center, located at 204 Davis Avenue, underneath Children Services.
The facility is equipped with four projectors, laptops, multiple phone lines, back up generators and more.
There is plenty of space to hold all of Washington County law enforcement so they are able to work together and help our community in an emergency.
Washington County EMA Director Jeff Lauer says they were able to complete this project early and under budget.
He says the facility has multiple uses, including training for our law enforcement.
Local and state representatives were on hand for the open house.
Always be prepared. The words spoken as Washington County announces the construction of a new Emergency Operations Center.
The facility's main purpose will be a meeting area during any type of emergency in Washington County. During off times it will be able to be used for trainings, meetings, and a back up for dispatchers.
Currently in Washington County, and in the past, there has not been a common meeting area for city or county officials when an emergency happens. During floods and bad storms, authorities are left scrambling to find a room to serve all their needs.
This new center is all made possible through a state grant and the county commissioners. It is a $475,000 project. The grant will fund $237,500 and the county will fund $237,500.