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CEMA Emergency Operations Center gets federal approval

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency has passed a major hurdle for a proposed command center on Hunter Army Airfield.

It's been almost five years in the making but the Secretary of the Army has signed off on the plan which would move CEMA's Emergency Operations Center from the Chatham County building on Bull Street to Hunter.

The plan is to put the brand new 35,000 square foot building just inside the Montgomery gate at Hunter, one of the highest elevations in the county.

CEMA director Clayton Scott has said for years the current location is not hurricane proof.

He says the project would be paid for by SPLOST funds and with the official green light from the federal government, he expects the project to move along a little faster now.

"That was the hard part. It had to go through every military chain of command all the way to the Secretary of the Army. That's what we finally got.  It's going to be a year and half or so before we, I hope, are ready to go," said Scott.

The plan must go before Chatham County Commission on Friday, but Scott says they have been supportive of the emergency operations center and the needs of CEMA all along and doesn't expect any big surprises.

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