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Michigan officials break ground for new emergency operations center

Oct 24, 2014

By this time next year, state officials hope to be ready to move into a new $22 million center to manage Michigan’s future emergencies.   

State officials break ground on a new State Emergency Operations Center.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Ground was broken yesterday for the new State Emergency Operations Center. The center will serve as a command center to coordinate various local, state and federal agencies at times of emergency.

The old center has been activated several times in the past 12 months to coordinate the state response to floods, ice storms, and other natural disasters.

Michigan State Police Capt. Chris Kelenske.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

State Police Capt. Chris Kelenske says the old facility was adequate, but limited.

“Sometimes it can be difficult,” says Kelenske. “This is definitely going to facilitate an effective and efficient response that is needed.”

The new center is being paid for with state and federal money.