City Reveals New Emergency Operations Center
Sept. 20, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry cut the ribbon at the opening of the newly designed and technologically up-to-date Emergency Operations Center in the Office of Emergency Management. Community safety and preparedness is a community effort and in an emergency this center will streamline communications and coordination.
Under the direction of Mayor Berry, the Director of Emergency Management, Roger Ebner began the process to redesign and update the City of Albuquerque’s Emergency Operations Center. Over $700,000 was invested to ensure the center had the most advanced technology and resources to safeguard the community. Included in the funding were several federal grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With this funding the City purchased:
- Crisis Management Software – the Web EOC system
- A full-time systems analyst
- Added 288 data lines to improve communication
- Built an emergency inter/intra agency command room to be used by local, state and federal authorities
Throughout the development of this project, the administration and the Office of Emergency Management worked closely with the various city departments and department directors to ensure the necessary resources and technology were available for any type of threat.
The Office of Emergency Management works to pro-actively plan for all hazards, reduce threats, and prepare Albuquerque residents and organizations to respond to and recover from any emergency whether it is human caused or extreme weather related. Under a three-pronged approach of stewardship, partnership and leadership the City of Albuquerque is taking a "whole community" approach to emergency preparedness. Partners include business, media, non-profits and the ABQ Faith Leaders.
National Prepardness Month
The opening of the refurbished Emergency Operations Center coincides with National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is "Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today."