City of Alexandria to Host Open House for New Emergency Operations Center
For Immediate Release: May 31, 2019
The City of Alexandria invites the public to the official open house for the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at 2003 Mill Road, on Tuesday, June 11, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The purpose of the EOC is to provide a space where representatives from multiple agencies can work together to provide resources during various types of emergency incidents, such as snowstorms, power outages, major fire incidents, and planned events.
“This is not just the City’s facility. The new EOC belongs to all of us, including our community members,” said Assistant Chief and Emergency Manager Corey Smedley. “We welcome our local, regional, and other preparedness partners to use this space for training opportunities and meetings. It’s important for us to train in this facility as much as possible so that in the event of an incident, we can all successfully work together with a common knowledge and understanding.”
The new EOC, which is managed by the City’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, is in a secured building along with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. The 8,750 square foot, state-of-the-art facility has 49 workstations, seven individual offices, two cubicle workspaces, and a conference room, with additional conference space and technological capabilities in the Sheriff’s Office. The facility is designed not only for use during emergency situations, but also for training purposes. To prepare for expanding incidents that affect Alexandria and the region, the City is making the new EOC available for use by local and regional emergency managers, first responders, and other preparedness partners in the community.
The Open House event is open to the public, but registration is required to attend. RSVP by Tuesday, June 4 to Raytevia Evans at 703.746.5190 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Because the EOC is in a secured building, all open house attendees must go through security screening before entering the facility. Please bring photo ID on the day of the event.
For media inquiries contact Public Information Officer Raytevia Evans at email@example.com or 703.746.5190.
For reasonable disability accommodation, contact Amanda Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.5239, Virginia Relay 711.