Allentown unveils new emergency operations center

Author: , Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published: Oct 29 2013 05:06:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2013 06:54:24 PM EDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Allentown says it will be ready if another superstorm makes landfall.

The city's mayor, Ed Pawlowski, unveiled the new emergency operations center on Grammes Road.

The center is equipped with six computer stations, several TV monitors and radio transmitters. It can also track city vehicles and snow plows.

Pawlowski said the city started planning for the center in the wake of Sandy.

"I'm sure we'll see other Superstorm Sandys pop up and affect the entire East Coast like the last one did and citizens can now be assured that we'll be ready here in the city of Allentown to handle that emergency when it pops up in the future," Pawlowski said.

The emergency operations center will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.