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Gov. Beshear unveils new Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new emergency operations center brings Kentucky up to date when dealing with disasters.

"This is more than just a building, it is the lifeline to all of Kentucky's 120 counties in times of trouble," said Gov. Steve Beshear.

The new Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center will help people get the response they need during a disaster.

"We have had, since I became governor in 2007, 11 presidentially declared national disasters in the commonwealth of Kentucky," said Gov. Beshear.

"Our job is to coordinate the response, we're not the first responders but we coordinate and support those people that are down in the affected area to give them what they require to recover," said Wayne Burd, project manager for Kentucky Emergency Management. 

The new facility puts everyone under one roof. It spans 26,150 square feet and will support 220 people during a disaster response.

Burd said, "This is a facility that has the adequate size and the space to bring a lot of collaboration between Kentucky Emergency Management, Kentucky National Guard, and our state partners into one facility."

The new Commonwealth EOC is constructed to withstand a variety of threats and weather conditions, including winds up to 250 miles per hour.

"We've specially outfitted the building with technology and communications capability so we can respond more effectively throughout the commonwealth to the needs of the citizens," said Burd.

There are also redundancies in the system so the building will continue to operate. It's a place people can count on, when all else fails.

The new building comes with an $11.8 million price tag, but the state says it's worth every penny. The old emergency operations center was built in the 1970s and needed a replacement.

Federal grants paid for 90% of the project. The former emergency operations center will be turned into a training center.

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