This joint-use facility is designed to accommodate the communications section of the Office of the Sheriff and the County Department of Emergency Management. The structure is designed to withstand “near absolute” forces, in essence, capable of withstanding the forces of a Category 5 storm event.
The EOC portion of the facility contains an Incident Command Center with associated break-out rooms, food service facilities, dormitories, and offices / conference areas for elected officials, all programmed and designed to comply with Federal and State protocols. The Communications and Dispatch related space houses 12 call takers and dispatch positions.
This facility is designed to be one of the “new generation” of Emergency Operations Centers that are co-sited with other important County Services, in this case, a Communications Center. Equally important, it is built to withstand 200 MPH winds. This trend of co-siting governmental entities that are “first responders” into a singular secure and survivable facility ensures that valuable governmental resources are fully capable of continued operational capability and, in essence, protecting valuable governmental resources.
ADG assisted in the management and procurement of the State and Federal “Grant” from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Flood Assistance) consisting of $1,500,000 dedicated for the construction of this facility.