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April 29, 2019   |   Houston Chronicle


Harris County gets new hurricane-resistant 911 call center

Harris County, outside of Houston, Texas, is opening a new emergency response center.

To ensure operations run smoothly during future natural disasters, call takers are set to move to a spacious new 42,000-square-foot facility designed to withstand a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 mph.

The facility features bulletproof windows and three backup generators, including two natural gas generators and one diesel generator that has enough fuel capacity to operate the building on full power for six days.

"I've been doing this for 22 years," Harris County Sheriff Office director Katherine Yost told Chron.com. "We want to make sure our citizens get home safely equally as much as we want to get our deputies and first responders home. It's more than just work for us. It's a passion."


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