Joint EOC Gets CS Council's OK

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Add College Station to the list of entities who are ready to get a Joint Emergency Operations Center off the ground.

Thursday evening, the city council signed off on the inter-local agreement which already has Bryan and Brazos County approval.

Downtown Bryan will be the site of the EOC, which serves as the nerve center for operations during crisis situations. The five-year-deal with an option for another five years would cost each entity around $60,000-a-year.

"No matter where the emergency exists, the total partnership will respond to the EOC," said Place 2 Councilmember James Massey, who has been working to make the EOC a reality. "That way, the response will be complete."

The Twin Cities, Brazos County and Texas A&M will be involved in the new EOC. Bryan and the county have given their approval, and Massey believes A&M is close to being ready to sign off.

Major discussions began following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Local officials based out of the old Verizon building coordinated the response to the influx of evacuees.

In the aftermath, the review of the process revealed several needs, one of which was a newer, more state-of-the-art facility. That's when talks of the joint project began.