READY TO RESPOND: NEW EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER OPENS

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EOCThe City of Allentown recently completed $15,000 in renovations and enhancements to the Operations Center located in the Streets Department office at 1825 Grammes Road.

“It became apparent during Super Storm Sandy and in its aftermath that we could make improvements that would really make a difference in our operations,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski.  “Primarily, we wanted to improve our communications capabilities and create an area where we could effectively centralize command of all of our operations.”

The building is the former home of the dispatch center for snow removal equipment.   It has been expanded to include six new computer stations including wireless laptops equipped with radio transmitters.  Personnel can track the location of city vehicles and completed work utilizing GIS and Zonar technology, and a dedicated phone line links directly to the Communications Center in order to dispatch Police, Fire, and Paramedics when needed.   If electric power is lost, the center has a back up natural gas-powered generator, capable of keeping the center operational 24/7.

“Super Storm Sandy proved to officials across this region that a major storm with serious short term consequences can happen here.  We need to have the resources to be able to handle it in the best way possible.  Our new EOC greatly enhances our capabilities,” concluded Pawlowski.