The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners selected the southwest corner of the Marathon airport property for the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the recommendation of staff. The staff evaluated seven locations on the property. The location recommendation was based on the amount of space needed, the need to avoid protected airspace, the airport’s master plan, and security setback requirements.
Kevin Wilson, Assistant County Administrator, presented the options to the commissioners. Currently, in the event of a disaster or threat, the Marathon Government Center Board of County Commissioner’s second-floor chambers are converted into the operational space.
The new building will be a category 5 hurricane hardened building built to FEMA 361 Safe Room standards. The location will be used for the EOC, Monroe County Emergency Management, Monroe County Fire Administration, and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Dispatch. Phase II of the design will now begin.
“An EOC is a place to safely convene to properly run the response to a crisis and train for a crisis,” said Marty Senterfitt, Monroe County Emergency Management Director. “Right now, we are just making the best of our temporary area. It lacks the dedicated space, technology, and equipment needed to properly run a disaster response.”