Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and Deputy Director Kevin Guthrie made their first visit to the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) today while visiting the Florida Keys.
The State of Florida has been working with Monroe County to fund a new hurricane-rated EOC in Marathon. Currently, the Board of County Commissioners’ commission chambers in Marathon are transformed to an operations center when an emergency happens.
“An EOC is not just a location, it is a place to safely convene to properly run a crisis,” said Marty Senterfitt, Monroe County Emergency Management Director. “Right now, we are just making the best of our temporary area. It lacks the dedicated space, technology, and equipment needed to run a disaster response.”
The County is currently in the design phase for an EOC that will be a safe space that can be activated in a moment’s notice as well as a much-needed training facility to prepare for disasters.
“Hurricane Irma proved that the space was insufficient,” said Senterfitt. During Hurricane Irma, Monroe County Emergency Management had to evacuate and return after the storm.
Those in attendance included Monroe County Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson, Project Management Director Cary Knight, Logistics Section Chief Cynthia Hall, Planning Section Chief Jeff Manning, and Emergency Management staff.
Pictured: Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz meets will Monroe County Assistant Administrator Kevin Wilson, Project Management Cary Knight, and Assistant Attorney Cynthia Hall at the Marathon Emergency Operations Center in Marathon. The group discussed the pitfalls of the existing space used to house the operations center during a disaster.