Cincinnati and Hamilton County Emergency Management Center

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Emergency Management Center

By Dan Wells – email/bio

CINCINNATI (FOX19) –   Cincinnati and Hamilton County have pulled together emergency communications and resource capabilities into a single state-of-the-art emergency center.

It's a place rarely seen by the public.

The Cincinnati and Hamilton County emergency management center calls a plain looking building at 2000 Radcliff Drive home but inside this center "plain" is definitely the wrong word to use.

"This is the regional operations center and the purpose is that we can coordinate events both planned like River Fest and presidential visits and emergency events like the windstorms and tornadoes" says Mike Snowden.

It is work the public most likely never even knows goes on, inside the massive space is state-of-the-art technology linking virtually every camera, internet resource, local municipality, and other vital agencies into one collaborative command center.

"It's a good state of the art center and I don't think there are a handful this well equipped in the country" says Snowden.

Former Cincinnati Police Chief Mike Snowden heads-up the center and says events like last year's windstorm prove why this center is essential for public safety.

During that event nearly every desk in the centers room was manned with emergency responders directing efforts to every corner of the tri-state.

"We had all the key decision makers in here so as things were happening we're making decisions  and keeping the pubic safe before problems come up" says Snowden.

Overall, Snowden, says this new setup which is about two years old has created not just a more comfortable, efficient and progressive center but a more effective communications operation for the end-user --the public.

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