By Robert Samaan, FEMA Region IV Director of National Preparedness Division
The new Kentucky Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) was unveiled on October 21, 2013 during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Gov. Steve Beshear, FEMA and state personnel. The $11.8 million dollar facility, built in part with FEMA grant funds, is outfitted with the latest technology and constructed to endure natural and man-made disasters.
FEMA’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) contributed $10 million dollars to the construction and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Department of Military Affairs provided the remaining funds.
“FEMA knows the importance of investing in our partners who are the first responders after an event,” said Robert Samaan, director of FEMA Region IV National Preparedness Division. “This new operations center makes Kentucky better able to respond to disasters and help Kentuckians.”
The new CEOC will act as the hub of operations for future emergencies, with advanced communication technology that ensures a rapid and efficient response. The building itself is designed to be durable, able to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour. The two-story, 26,150 square-foot facility replaces the former CEOC built in the 1970s and is capable of supporting more than 200 personnel during a disaster response.