Creating Sustainable Infrastructure in the Face of Extreme Weather
The concept of community resiliency evolves from the need for sustainable, survivable infrastructure. It includes the need to strengthen existing buildings and systems such as roadways and bridges, electrical power, water and sanitary distribution, and communications systems. It also includes the design and/or identification of redundant pathways for infrastructure systems, and in the case of flood-prone areas, the relocation or elevation of living and working space within existing utility corridors and building structure.
To meet this need and provide communities with a central organizing and communication point before, during and after a natural or man-made disaster, communities not only need a designated emergency operations center (EOC), but they also need to have an EOC that operates 24/7, can accommodate at least a dozen state agencies in a central command center, includes state-of-art technology, and has a hardened infrastructure that can withstand more than 250 mph wind loads and redundant systems that will sustain the facility for a minimum of 72 hours.
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