LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Personnel at Lee County's brand new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are tracking Tropical Storm Andrea with the goal of making sure the county is protected in case the storm becomes a threat to residents.
The $15-million investment in emergency operations is giving Lee County a new reason to count on public safety and storm management, especially with hurricane season just getting under way.
"The primary difference we have here is the amount of space we have to work in," said Interim Director of Emergency Management for the Lee County EOC, Gerald Campbell. "We have separate spaces so that we can have multiple things happening at once."
Campbell said they can fit over 100 people in the new building. The previous one fit about half of that.
"That gives us the senior decision makers in the county, and that allows us to respond to issues that we see, and get the community back to normal as quickly as possible," said Campbell.
Less than one week in to the official start of hurricane season, Tropical Storm Andrea has made her presence known across the state. Emergency management at the EOC are keeping track of the storm, making sure they know first if things take a turn for the worse.
"We're monitoring the weather forecast, we're evaluating each one of the specific risks as they come up. The biggest risk were looking for now is more rainfall," said Campbell.
He said even though the bulk of the system has passed Lee County, the EOC is continuing to monitor it. They said they are prepared to upgrade their response if need be.