The 56,000 square-foot
The center will also serve as the coordination point for an
18-county area of southwest
"This [facility] is right up there among the best -- among that best that any other states have," said Paul Parmenter, director of the State Emergency Management Association, in a statement Monday. "Congratulations for what you have done and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your community."
The center is just a stone's throw away from the current emergency management office. It will combine emergency management and E-911.
"From a disaster perspective from my office, we can manage disasters much more effectively," says Ryan Nicholls, Greene County Emergency Management Director. "We've got room for agencies -- both federal, state, and local -- come together. We've got the technology to allow a complete intelligent network, so everyone knows what's going on and when."
The new center will be built to withstand an F-5 tornado and utility interruptions, providing secure workspace for emergency responders and state-of-the-art emergency communications technology used during disaster events. The energy-efficient building is designed to obtain LEED certification.
According to a news release from the City of
-$1 million FEMA grant, secured by Congressman (now Senator) Roy Blunt
-$1.1 million in COPS Technology grants, secured by Congressman (now Senator) Roy Blunt
-$450,000 Department of Energy grant, secured by Congressman (now Senator) Roy Blunt
-$300,000 Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant
-Up to $1 million a year in voter-approved 911 Sales Tax funds
-$550,000 Emergency Management Performance Grant
-$1.1 million per year of
Look Inside: Greene County's New Public Safety Coordination Center