Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
ORANGE — DuPont Sabine River Works is contributing $60,000 to help secure a federal grant of $500,000 for the outfitting of a new emergency operations center and medical special needs shelter of last resort in Orange County.
“Safety is a core value for DuPont and this facility is designed to protect our emergency responders and residents in distress during a major natural disaster,” Bobby Laughlin, Sabine River Works site manager, said.
The facility, located on FM 1442, is designed to withstand 200 mph winds and is elevated well above storm surge levels. It will include sleeping quarters, showers and kitchen facilities to serve several hundred people for an extended period of time. The building will also have a backup power generators and a backup water source
“We have been fortunate to receive funding from the federal government and other sources to make this one of the safest emergency response centers in teh country,” Jeff Kelley, with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, said. “This facility will be used to house all first responders, policy makers, industry emergency response teams, our local emergency planning committee and others during an emergency event.
Orange County will receive grant funds to enhance the technology infrastructure throughout the building. The federal government requires matching funds of $125,000 and the DuPont contribution helps to ensure the county will receive the total federal funding.