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Fort Bend County Opens Emergency Operations Center

(FORT BEND COUNTY) - Fort Bend County Judge KP George and the Office of Fort Bend County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have officially opened the new Emergency Operations Center located in Richmond.

The two-story, $9.8 million, 38,000 square-foot building is equipped with state-of-the-art disaster management and public safety technology. The Office of HS&EM staff will be housed in the new building. The EOC sits on the site of what was previously a 70-year-old jail facility.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, county officials assessed the old EOC facility, which was heavily damaged during the hurricane and was inoperable during Winter Storm Uri. The Emergency Operations Center was temporarily housed in the county’s Information Technology Building.

Fort Bend County fully funded this project with the intention of it being a regional milestone to use during any time of emergency or disaster. Built to withstand hurricane winds, the center is designed to operate independently during an emergency if county utilities become unavailable. With redundant internet circuits via multiple carriers that run over a pair of large redundant switches in high availability mode, the system is intended to have optimal uptime to ensure the site stays operational at all times.

Additionally, the new EOC network connects to the county network with over a 20GB connection that will allow the EOC to move data easily and rapidly. A new online dashboard will provide Fort Bend County residents with live information to track road closures, local and national weather, FBC shelters, evacuation information, water levels, and other information captured by the FBC Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


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