Brevard County Emergency Operations Center Awarded $500,000 In EDC Grant Funds

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Brevard County’s plans to begin site work for future construction of a new Emergency Operations Center has received a $500,000 financial boost from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity through its Defense Infrastructure Grant (DIG) program.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA –  Brevard County’s plans to begin site work for future construction of a new Emergency Operations Center has received a $500,000 financial boost from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity through its Defense Infrastructure Grant (DIG) program.

The DIG funds were awarded through state DOE to the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC), and will be used for the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Civil Site Preparation project in support of Patrick Air Force Base.

The Defense Infrastructure Grant Program protects Florida’s military bases by providing funding for local infrastructure and land acquisition needs, as well as other area assets.

Brevard County’s EOC serves as a critical component to managing local launch activity and is activated for each launch and launch attempt.

In addition, the EOC serves Patrick Air Force Base which houses both the 920th Rescue Squadron and the Air Force Technical Applications Center; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; and the Naval Ordnance Test Unit, which supports the mission capability and readiness of the US Navy’s Trident Submarines and the Fleet Ballistic Missile program of the United Kingdom, as well as an integrated test facility for Strategic Weapons Systems Ashore at Port Canaveral.

Brevard County’s EOC centralizes response and recovery decisions, plans, and operational activities, so that the efficiency, quality, and quantity of resources achieve maximum effectiveness in an emergency situation. This ensures timely alerting and warning capabilities to protect Brevard’s 550,000 residents, and the millions of its annual visitors.

The EOC has a unique significance to local, State, and Federal governments for disaster preparedness and response due to the assets within its borders. It is the most frequently activated EOC in the state of Florida, and second most in the entire nation.

“The EDC is pleased that this award will serve both our local military, and the Space Coast community,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC. “This grant will facilitate the EOC to continue to serve as a critical asset for our safety, and for the success of our military and space installations.”

The 45th Space Wing and the Brevard EOC have coordinated closely for many launches and emergency operations.

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“Their efforts to accelerate the construction through the help of the EDC on such a crucial facility will undoubtedly lead to continued success as we work together in the future,” according to prepared statement from the 45th Space Wing.

Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser said the grant award moves the County another step closer to making a new EOC a reality.

“We strive daily to keep the Brevard and local military community safe through coordination of planning, training and drills; overseeing the 9-1-1 system to ensure correct call routing and emergency response; and managing the public safety radio system used by dispatchers and first responders,” she said. “We look forward to continuing to expand our partnerships.”

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