---Humble ISD celebrated a groundbreaking on an Emergency Operations Center Sept. 19 at 1703 Wilson Road.--- The EOC will house the district's Police Department and the Department of Safe and Secure Schools and is scheduled to open in April 2013. ---“The groundbreaking is exciting because it represents an on-going commitment to student safety. The new Emergency Operations Center has been designed to specifically support police officers and emergency management officials in their duties and will allow them to work most effectively. My wife and I have two daughters who attend Humble ISD schools. I believe that safe and secure schools are extremely important and add great value to our community and peace of mind to all parents in our district," Humble ISD Trustee Brent Engelage said.--- Student safety is always a top priority. The new building has been designed to allow police officers and emergency management officials to work most effectively, making use of technology, to meet the safety and security needs of schools. Construction funding is provided by bonds approved by voters in 2008. Humble ISD was also awarded $394,000 in the federally funded Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) Grant. Part of this grant was used to obtain a state-of-the art emergency communications console that allows the Humble ISD Police Dispatch to simultaneously communicate with all responding agencies in the event of an emergency. Key features of the new Emergency Operations Center include: a secure dispatch center; a secure evidence storage room; separate adult and juvenile processing areas; a secure, enclosed drive-through area for the transport of offenders in compliance with state guidelines; a conference room with data and communication infrastructure for emergency management; and administrative, staff and training office space. ---The project cost is estimated at $3.9 million. Staffing numbers are not expected to change and the Charles Street department location future usage has not yet determined.--- (From press release) Cutline: Humble ISD officials and district police officers gathered for a ceremonious groundbreaking on an Emergency Operations Center scheduled to open in late spring. Photo by Geoffrey Geiger

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