Joint EOC A-OKed by Bryan CC

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Local governments continue to move closer to a joint emergency operations center.

During Tuesday evening's Bryan city council meeting, the group agreed to an inter-local agreement with College Station, Texas A&M and Brazos County to partner on the center, which would be located in the old Woolworth Building in Bryan.

It was in the aftermath of the hurricanes of 2004 that officials began looking into combining resources to have one EOC. They had hoped to have the agreements in place and renovations completed before the 2007 hurricane season, but were unable to come to final agreements in time.

Once everyone has signed off on the deal, construction will likely take six to eight months according to county officials. Brazos County will take the lead in operations of the EOC, though all four entities will put in $58,000 each year to keep the facility running.

The EOC is used as the command and control center in times of emergency situations, those generated by Mother Nature or otherwise. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the EOC was in the old Verizon Building in Bryan. This year, operations will be run out of College Station's city EOC, which is near city hall on Texas Avenue.