Brevard County Emergency Operations Center Receives $366,666 Defense Infrastructure Grant
By Space Coast Daily // July 24, 2019
Brevard’s EOC critical to Patrick Air Force Base, local, state and federal governments
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Emergency Operations Center Civil Site Preparation project has received a Defense Infrastructure Grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in the amount of $366,666.
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast secured the grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
This is the second consecutive year that the EDC identified this opportunity as the EDC was awarded $500,000 last year, bringing the grant award total to nearly $867,000.
The Defense Infrastructure Grant Program protects Florida’s military bases by providing funding for local infrastructure needs, as well as other area assets. Brevard County’s EOC serves as a critical component to managing local launch activity overseen by Patrick Air Force Base.
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 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.
“This grant award puts us another step closer to the reality of a new Emergency Operations Center,” said Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser.
“We continue to work with local, state and federal partners in our efforts to enhance public safety in east Central Florida.”
Lynda Weatherman, President and CEO of the EDC, said that after identifying and receiving this award in 2018, the EDC made it a priority to pursue this funding opportunity again in 2019.
“We greatly appreciate the hard work of the EDC in securing funding for our Emergency Operations Center,” said Brevard County Commissioner Chair, Kristine Isnardi. “The importance of replacing this facility has long been a priority for our county.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stressed the importance of the value in supporting Florida’s military installations and their surrounding communities.
“We will continue to rebuild and create resilient bases for the hardworking men and women who serve our country and state,” said DeSantis.
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