FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The new Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort officially opened on Monday.
Gov. Steve Beshear, Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and Kentucky Emergency Management officials attended the ribbon cutting for the new facility.
The former emergency operations center built in the 1970s will be replaced by the new two-story, 26,150-square-foot facility. It was built to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour and is outfitted with state of the art communications technology.
The National Guard says the new building came in about $400,000 under budget. It was funded at $11.8 million, with nearly $10 million coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. The rest came from the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs and Office of Homeland Security.