The newly constructed Emergency Operations Centre at Long Point
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- Premier of Nevis and minister responsible for disaster management, Vance Amory, and his Cabinet were treated to a guided tour of the newly constructed Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Long Point on Wednesday. During the visit, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAFAC) representative Tim Ryczek officially handed the building’s keys to the premier.
At the brief handing over ceremony, Amory welcomed the new building and spoke to the importance of the facility to Nevis.
“I think this is a wonderful contribution the government has made and I’m sure that Mr Blackette and his team are very happy to have it and I hope we do not have the need to use it for emergencies... It’s here as a preparatory measure because we need to be prepared in case something happens.
“We know safety is critical, security is critical and this contribution is part of that plan which we have to make Nevis a secure and safe place. If we do get struck by some disaster, some event, we will be in a better position to deal with it and recover from it,” he said.
Amory thanked the United States through the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and NAFAC for its generous donation of the Emergency Operations Centre to the island of Nevis.
“I really want to thank you Tim and through you, your US government through SOUTHCOM because I think they have been good partners with Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis to make sure that we have necessary supplies and equipment in times of disaster or to prepare us to weather any storm which might come our way,” he said.
The EOC will better able the Nevis Disaster Management to prepare in the event of disasters and emergency situations. It cost US$1.7 million to construct and consists of three offices, a clerical area, two bathrooms, male and female with showers, one information technology room, two conference rooms, one VIP conference room that will be designated for Cabinet’s use.
The facility will also serve as a multipurpose building and a conference room/meeting room that will accommodate 60-80 persons. It is also outfitted with three breakout rooms, a dining room which is attached to a kitchen and housekeeping. Each room has sensors that automatically turn on the lights and turn them off 15 minutes after leaving the room.
It also comes with a 75 KVA generator, a 200-gallon fuel tank and a 1,000-gallon tank. There is also an automatic transfer switch that automatically transfers electricity in case there is a blackout.