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Cuyahoga County Breaks Ground on New Emergency Operations Center

Communities support new state-of-the-art facility to coordinate emergency response

April 1, 2015

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Broadview Heights Mayor Samuel J. Alai, and Cuyahoga County Councilman Michael J. Gallagher, along with public safety officials and partner agencies, broke ground on the new Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center.

“I’m pleased to break ground on our new Emergency Operations Center, which will handle the coordination and management of emergency preparedness and disaster management,” said Budish. “I want to thank Mayor Samuel Alai, the City of Broadview Heights, and our various community agencies for continuing to bring Cuyahoga County to the forefront of public safety.”

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at 9543 Broadview Road in Broadview Heights, will serve as a dedicated facility for use by all of Cuyahoga County. Benefits of the new EOC include:
  • The ability to co-locate the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Emergency Operations, and Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) in the same building.
  • State-of-the art technology, which will enhance communication capabilities between on-scene responders, dispatchers, and EOC staff as well as allow the County to extend its dispatch capabilities.
  • Increased information sharing between agencies and improved continuity planning and messaging.

Additionally, the EOC will have a large training center and a Special Operations Garage to house multi-jurisdictional public safety equipment and vehicles.

“We are happy to partner with the County to provide a secure site for the EOC that will be beneficial to the safety and security of the County,” said Broadview Heights Mayor Samuel Alai.

County Councilman Michael J. Gallagher, who also serves as chairman for the Public Safety & Justice Affairs Committee, understands the significance the new EOC building will have on the county. “I, along with the entire County Council, am proud to have been a part of moving this very significant project forward,” said Gallagher. “We look forward to the completion of the facility and the necessary services it will provide the entire region.”

The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works and Public Safety & Justice Services were awarded approval of a contract with Shook Construction Company for design build services in November 2014. Construction is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2016.

To watch the groundbreaking ceremony, click here.



NEW EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER COMMUNITY GROUNDBREAKING

Thursday, April 2, 11:00 AM

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish along with Broadview Heights Mayor Samuel J. Alai and Cuyahoga County Councilman Michael J. Gallagher will host the ceremonial community groundbreaking for the new Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center.

The Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be a new, state-of-the-art facility that will make it easier for multi-agency coordination and response. The EOC will include a robust communications center, allowing the County to extend its dispatch capabilities, as well as a large training center and a Special Operations Garage to house multi-jurisdictional public safety equipment and vehicles. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

WHAT: Community Groundbreaking of New Emergency Operations Center
WHO: Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish
Broadview Heights Mayor Samuel J. Alai
Cuyahoga County Councilman Michael J. Gallagher
Cuyahoga County Chief Community Safety and Protection Officer Frank Bova
Director of Public Safety George Taylor
Brandsetter Carroll Vice President Bruce Whitehead
Shook Construction Co. Project Manager Keri Ash
Public Safety Partner Agencies, City Officials, and other Community Leaders
WHEN: 
Thursday April 2, 2015
11:00 a.m. – Ceremonial Community Groundbreaking
WHERE: 
9543 Broadview Road
Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147



2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Now Accepting Applications

The 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Award sponsored by the The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now accepting applications. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient.

These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the work an individual or organization has done to build a more resilient nation. More information about the awards is available at http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards.

To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by April 10, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. EST and must feature program activities taking place between January 1, 2014, and April 10, 2015. Applications should be submitted to citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.


2015 - SKYWARN (SPOTTER TRAINING)

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Cleveland Office will hold the 2015- SKYWARN Training on April 13, 2015 at the Mayfield Village Civic Center.  The 2-hour SKYWARN Training is FREE and open to the public. The SKYWARN training provides training for members of Fire and Police Departments, Citizen Corp, Emergency Management Officials, Amateur Radio Operators and weather-interested Citizens on weather spotting techniques. When completed, you will be enrolled in the SKYWARN program. Please refer to the flyer HERE for additional information.