Yakima Has New Emergency Operations Center In Case Of Disaster
As Texas is dealing with a major disaster officials in yakima are finishing Yakima's new Emergency Operations Center located upstairs in the Richard A. Zais, Jr. Law and Justice Center at 200 south 3rd Street. The center occupies office space previously used by SunComm’s 911 operations before it moved to a facility in Union Gap.
A federal Homeland Security grant covered the nearly $17,000 required to establish the Emergency Operations Center, including installation of new work stations and large wall monitors to coordinate emergency response efforts and communicate with the public.
the Emergency Operations Center, established at no cost to the city, has work stations for the City’s Fire, Police, Public Works, and Code Administration departments, as well as for communications. A simulated airport exercise will be held at the center on Thursday, September 7th to help fine-tune its operations.
Now, the City has the benefit of both a mobile unit for first responders to assist at the scene of a disaster or emergency as well as the centralized Emergency Operations Center to maintain communication and coordinate emergency efforts.