NORWALK, Conn. A new emergency operations center is in the cards for Norwalk thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Norwalk is one of only three cities to receive a full million dollars from the program, which is doling out more than $14 million nationwide.
"I have full confidence that this emergency operations center will help our city meet the needs of our residents and ensure a community response that involves all our partners," Mayor Richard Moccia said in a statement. "The nature, frequency and complexity of emergencies that affect the city require a modern and fully functional EOC."
The Emergency Operations Center program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The new EOC is in the plan for the future headquarters that will be located at 121 Connecticut Ave. The center will be under the direction of Norwalk Fire Department Chief Denis McCarthy and the office of emergency management. The space will also be used for local and regional training programs for first responders, community partners and volunteers. The fire department submitted the grant application, which competed against applications from cities, counties and states.
"We're pleased that DHS has designated Norwalk for EOC funding," McCarthy said in a statement. "These funds will ensure we will have the resources needed to properly prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of emergency. This federal funding is vital to our community. The EOC will provide us with state of the art resources to match the commitment of our city departments and community partners."
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