On Monday, the Mountlake Terrace City Council approved two contracts to build and equip a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC), to be located in the city’s Operations Facility, 6204-215th St. S.W.
The council awarded a $114,909.30 contract to Northern Pacific Construction Design of Bellevue for the construction of the EOC. The work will include interior demolition, installation of new walls and doors, new ceiling tiles, flooring, cabinetry, electrical and some duct work.
A second contract of $49,867 was given the OK by the city council for the purchase of several flat screen displays and projectors, plus their installation and the additional hardware and software to operate the data feeds for the display equipment, for the EOC.
The equipment, software and installation services are being purchased from the Saxton Bradley Company of Renton. You can view the list of items and services being purchased here.
The two contracts make up part of a $350,000 remodel of space in the city’s operations facility for the EOC. In 2011, the City of Mountlake Terrace was awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to construct and equip an Emergency Operations Center; the city contributed another $100,000 for the project.
The city’s EOC is used to coordinate response and recovery efforts during times of local disaster, assessing threats to life and property, coordinating fire, police and EMS resources, maintaining communications and informing state and surrounding jurisdictions of the local disaster situation. In times when a larger scale response is necessary, the EOC works with the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency – a regional disaster response organization that includes the EOCs of Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and several other local communities – and with the Washington State Emergency Management Division.
— By Doug Petrowski