Brazoria County receives $5 million in funding for new emergency operations center

Brazoria County received funding to establish a new emergency response center that will allow for the rapid deployment of resources to those in need following a natural disaster. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brazoria County received funding to establish a new emergency response center that will allow for the rapid deployment of resources to those in need following a natural disaster. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Brazoria County received funding to establish a new emergency response center that will allow for the rapid deployment of resources to those in need following a natural disaster. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Brazoria County will receive $5 million in funding from the Texas Division of Emergency Management to establish the Brazoria County Emergency Operations Center, state Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland, announced in a news release July 16.

The operations center will serve as a permanent command and operations center to assist the Gulf Coast region in the event of natural disasters or states of emergency, according to the release.


"I am proud to have helped secure funding for the new Brazoria County operations center," Thompson said. "Our region is particularly vulnerable to heavy storms and natural disasters, and when these events occur, it is imperative that we have the resources in place to provide Texans immediate and meaningful relief."

According to the release, the new emergency response center will allow for the rapid deployment of resources to those in need following a natural disaster, particularly when it comes to hurricanes and tropical storms, or declared state of emergency.

"It is my hope that with the emergency operations center in place, our community will be prepared for anything that comes our way,” Thompson said. My goal is for this center to make sure appropriate partners are brought together so that we may act, respond and recover as quickly as possible.”
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.



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