New Emergency Operations Center opens

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A little more than a month ago, a large-scale training exercise was held for agencies across the state leading up to Monday's ribbon cutting.

The state opened up the new Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.

The hope is, the new $12 million facility will help speed response times and lead to better preparedness for a disaster.

"This is a facility that has the adequate space and size to bring a collaboration between Kentucky Emergency Management, the Kentucky National Guard and our state partners, " said Wayne Burd, Project Manager for Kentucky Emergency Management.

The new building received rave reviews in its state-of-the-art design and technologies.

But, as with anything brand new, there were a few bugs that had to be worked out prior to its opening.

Mostly federal funds were used to build the center, which took about three years to complete.

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