The Group of Eight, or G-8 summit gets underway this week in the Coastal Empire. World leaders from the US, Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Canada, Germany, France and the European Union will gather tomorrow through Thursday on Sea Island in Glynn County.
Savannah-Chatham police and all law enforcement officials have really come together for the event. At a location we are not allowed to disclose, there is a command center very busy with up-to-date information at their fingertips.
It's the brains of the operation in the Coastal Empire. It's called the Incident Command Center or the ICC, where several agencies are working together at a secret location ready for anything.
"Traffic, crowd management, water explosives, mitigation, logistics are all taken care of here at the Incident Command Center," explained Chief Dan Flynn of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitain Police Department.
The FBI, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Georgia State Patrol are just a few of the agencies keeping tabs around town for anything that may jeopardize public safety. For that task, they all have computers bringing in real-time information.
It's called the Joint Regional Information Exchange System, or JRIES.
"We really have the finest computer systems," said Chief Flynn. "In fact, the JRIES system was recently provided by Homeland Security for the G-8, it's absolutely state of the art."
And at a different location, volunteers are working at the information center, another newly designated area created to field questions and concerns the community may have about the G-8 summit.
"Since it involves multiple agencies of all descriptions, it requires extraordinary coordination effort," said Chief Flynn.
Citizens with questions about the summit can call the public information line at 652.6650.