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Michigan officials break ground for new emergency operations center

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

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.   

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.

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

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.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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