Ribbon Cutting Commemorates Alternate Emergency Operations Center


 

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Sept. 13, 2004

 

Ribbon Cutting Commemorates Alternate Emergency Operations Center

 

Today, the new AEOC, located within the Fairfax County Government Center, was officially Board of Supervisors cut the ribbon to open the AEOC.opened by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. This ceremony, attended by all members of the Board of Supervisors, featured remarks by Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Supervisor Elaine McConnell of the Springfield District, County Executive Anthony H. Griffin and Director of the Office of Emergency Management C. Douglas Bass.

The new Alternate Emergency Operations Center (4,000 square feet) is a state-of-the-art facility including a six-display projection system; seating arrangements for 60 staff members; robust 120-line, redundant telephone system; and separate conference and radio rooms. The AEOC also includes redundant mechanical and electrical systems, including air conditioning/heating, generator and uninterrupted power source (UPS). The center is located adjacent to the county enterprise technology center.

This strategic facility offers many advantages due to its close proximity and interconnectivity with county agencies, such as the Office of the County Executive, Office of Public Affairs, Office of the County Attorney, Department of Information Technology, Office of Emergency Management and many other county operational functions.

During an AEOC activation other facilities in the Government Center will provide support to the AEOC and emergency management operations. These support facilities include GIS mapping, media briefing areas, breakout spaces, cafeteria, restrooms, showers, a sleeping area, staff office space, a computer/telephone room, TV studio, etc.

Federal and state grants paid for 80 percent of the facility costs, and as Chairman Connolly stated during his remarks, “That’s a good deal for the residents of Fairfax County.”

For more information, contact the director of the Office of Emergency Management, C. Douglas Bass, at 703-324-2362, TTY 711.


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