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Date:
October 18, 2022
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:

West end of Marathon airport

Address:
Key West, FL 33040
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Groundbreaking Ceremony: Monroe County Emergency Operations Center - Public Invite

Tuesday, October 18, 2022


The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners and their partners invite the public to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Emergency Operations Center at the west end of the Marathon airport. The ceremony is Tuesday, Oct. 18, starting at 10 a.m. Key officials will speak at the event. The site is an active construction site, closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Limited parking will be available near the site off Aviation Boulevard; follow parking directions on the day of the event.

The project consolidates several existing organizations into a new state-of-the-art 28,321 square-foot, 220-mile wind-rated facility that will include:

  • Monroe County Emergency Management
  • Monroe County Fire Rescue Administration
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Center

The design is based on a 500-year storm and will include:

  • Impact Rating: Windborne Debris Missile Criteria for Hurricane Shelter Safe Room (FEMA P-361 / ICC-500)
  • First-floor elevation of 20.16 ft. NAVD-88 (17 ft. above ground) due to wave action (above Base Flood Elevation code +3)
  • Self-sustaining for 72 hours for up to 150 emergency response staff, including food, drinking water, electric power, and wastewater storage
  • Emergency communications via satellite phone/internet service

“This is a resilient upgrade to our community that was realized as a real need following Hurricane Irma,” said Monroe County Mayor David Rice. “Monroe County is one of the only counties in Florida without a dedicated EOC, and given the number of storms we encounter, this is important infrastructure for the safety of our community and to bounce back as quickly as possible after a storm.” 

If planning to attend, please RSVP to pio@monroecounty-fl.gov or call 305-680-8226.

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