Keeping Naples Safe from Hurricanes

Naples City Councilman Reg Buxton engages with panelists at Emergency Operations session

In 2017, during the design phase of the new Fire Administration / Fire Station No. 1 building, Naples City Council and City of Naples staff contemplated the City’s need for critical infrastructure within the City to enable staff to respond to emergencies including post hurricane recovery.

The most important addition to the new City building would be an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). An Emergency Operations Center is a central command and control facility which is responsible for carrying out the functions of emergency preparedness and emergency management. Additionally, this facility will work directly with the Collier County Emergency Operations Center as it deals with disaster management functions during an emergency, ultimately, ensuring the continuity of government and City operations.

The new Fire Administration / Fire Station No. 1 building is completely backed-up by generator power and built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane (170 mph winds). The Emergency Operations Center is a Safe Room within the Category 5 building. A Safe Room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

The City has made sure the EOC is fully operational and includes the technology needed for City personnel to strategically respond to emergencies, monitor events and address any issue that occurs.

Each staff member has access to a computer; the room is anchored by a 6-panel video wall and a touch screen monitor.

The City of Naples is dedicated to the community and now, better prepared to assist and reestablish normalcy within the community post emergency.

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