This may be as boring as hell to some... but I have been asked many times what it looks like inside of one of these Command Centers, so instead of trying to explain it,here it is on video. Full of Radios,Flatscreen TV's and computers, it kinda reminds me of a war room.This is one of the nicest I have ever seen and it operates out of Harris County Texas (think Houston). In the business they are more often referred to as the "EOC".
Here in the South where I live and all over America, these Emergency Command and Operation Centers are opened pending Natural Disasters,Terrorist Attacks or large Emergency events. They all run on Emergency power generators and have members representing all utilities and power services,Transportation(Road,River and Maritime),Rail,Police,Fire,Urban Search and Rescue Teams(TF-USAR),Marine Police,Fish and Game,Amateur Radio Operators (Ham Radio Operators),911 Emergency Communications,National Guard and Coast Guard.
Each Representative from these services spends roughly an 8 to 10 hour shift depending on the severity of the event communicating with their contacts in their respective area.From here emergency dispatches and response is sent. The food is not bad if you you like cold cuts and Chili. In a Hurricane, it's nice because it's Air Conditioned. I spend a shift every Hurricane and Tropical storm that rolls in.
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