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Bay County / Gulf Coast State College

Joint Use Emergency Operations Center

Southport, Florida

Bay County and Gulf Coast State College joined together to create The Joint Use Emergency Operations Center, the first of its type in Florida. Both entities use the building, and students train with the emergency operations personnel who work there. The building provides for both emergency coordination and training. Included are the Incident Command Center, 911 dispatch area, Homeland Security Office and a press room. In addition, there is a food service area, lounge, wellness center, locker room with showers, sleeping quarters, helipad and ample parking. Smart classrooms, computer labs, offices, storage and workrooms are provided for the college to train emergency personnel, public safety, law enforcement and first responders. Funding for the building was shared, using both FEMA and Florida State PECO (Public Education Capital Outlay) monies.

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