LEE COUNTY-Fla.-"It is self sufficient for ten days so we have generators on back up power, water, fuel, and food," said David Saniter Emergency Programs Manager for Lee County's EOC.
The new building, on Ortiz Avenue, is only 900 feet from the old EOC, but it is elevated so it won't flood if we get hit with a category 5 hurricane. The old EOC would flood if that ever happened. It was built in the 70s as a nuclear fall-out shelter.
The Chief of Planning for the EOC Gerald Campbell said, "The county has outgrown the building. The technology and space here are limited and the new building gives us a more secure location."
The new EOC was supposed to be done in August, but because of delays it won't be ready now until December. With Isaac on the move, some critics question whether it could have been planned differently.
But Saniter said, " We had always planned to use the old EOC for this year's hurricane season. Everything works in the old EOC."
Construction on the new facility has been in the works for two years. The entire project spans seven years.