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.”