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Tour City's New Emergency Response Center

With new state-of-the-art equipment, Santa Monica public safety officials say they are ready to respond immediately to emergencies, including any that might arise during Carmageddon II.

A newly-remodeled, technologically-enhanced Emergency Operations Center—which will serve as the headquarters for city and public safety officials during earthquakes, and other emergencies—was unveiled Thursday by the city of Santa Monica.

The new EOC will get its first run during Carmageddon II, according to officials, when Metro’s construction project will shut down the 405 Freeway from Sept. 29-30.

The $400,000 command center boasts a multi-screen video wall, a smart board with touch screen and 34 workstations each with their own computers and phones.

In this video: Interviews with Ken Semko, emergency manager for Santa Monica; Erik Uller, lead public safety systems analyst for the Santa Monica Police Department; Deputy Police Chief Al Venegas; Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson; and Paul Foley, principal planner for the city.

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