City cuts ribbon on new emergency operations center

By Mellany Armstrong 12:40pm, December 3, 2012 - Updated 12:55pm, December 3, 2012
WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.
Wilmington's new emergency operations center celebrates its grand opening, weeks after it was field-tested by Superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Baker helped cut the red ribbon on the new $2 million, 3,600 square-foot center at 22 S. Heald Street.

George Giles of the Office of Emergency Management says residents now can make one call for any emergency to the new center.

"We receive the call for service, we determine the priority for that call based on everything else that's going on in the city, and then we dispatch the proper agencies and the support agencies as we see needed, based on the total emergency for the city of Wilmington, not based on how your call might of come in to 911," he said.

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The center also includes a television studio, enabling the city to provide live broadcasts on WITN Channel 22 during emergencies.

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