Local airport to become part of regional safety plans

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 3:41 PM
By Krystle Callais – email
Southern Illinois will soon be better prepared to respond to disasters.
On Monday, Governor Pat Quinn announced a $4.5 million investment to develop an Emergency
and Critical Response Center at the Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale.

The center will consolidate the region’s emergency medical and disaster resources into one
place. Its location at the airport will also accommodate all types of civilian and military
emergency response efforts.
The 50,000 square foot Regional Emergency Response Center will be located between the
existing Public Works building and the National Guard facility at the airport.

A portion of the building will serve as the communications and command center for the Jackson
County Emergency Management Agency, the Jackson County Ambulance Service, and Memorial
Hospital of Carbondale.
No word on when the center will be built.
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