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Hurricane season is well underway and directors with the Port of Morgan City are not taking the threat of named storms lightly.

A state-of-the-art Government Operations and Emergency Center is being built off La. 182 to house emergency response teams during any disasters.

The facility could be ready by October and is expected to be able to survive a Category 5 storm.

"Anytime there's hurricanes in the gulf, Morgan City's always mentioned." said Mac Wade, executive director of the Port of Morgan City. "We're right in the center of Louisiana, almost in the center of the Gulf of Mexico. So we're always on one end or the other or right in the bullseye."

The $11 million, 35,000-square-foot facility is funded through state money and Port of Morgan City funds. With cement walls covering a steel skeleton, the center should be able to withstand almost any disaster and protect any emergency response personnel inside. Wade said one upside to having to having all the emergency personnel under one roof is that everyone can hear the work orders at the same time.

The facility will serve as a command center for all emergency response groups during an actual emergency, but will also function as a training center on a daily basis. 

"If you're not having an actual event, you're constantly training," said Wade. "So, it's going to be a good ongoing training, different for the different agencies that we have coming in."

Directors with the project say the point of the building is just to be prepared.

"It's one of these things I hate to say, I hope we never use it," said Wade. "But if you have an event, you're going to wish you had something like this, so that's the big thing."Hurricane season is well underway and directors with the Port of Morgan City are not taking the threat of named storms lightly.

A state-of-the-art Government Operations and Emergency Center is being built off La. 182 to house emergency response teams during any disasters.

The facility could be ready by October and is expected to be able to survive a Category 5 storm.

"Anytime there's hurricanes in the gulf, Morgan City's always mentioned." said Mac Wade, executive director of the Port of Morgan City. "We're right in the center of Louisiana, almost in the center of the Gulf of Mexico. So we're always on one end or the other or right in the bullseye."

The $11 million, 35,000-square-foot facility is funded through state money and Port of Morgan City funds. With cement walls covering a steel skeleton, the center should be able to withstand almost any disaster and protect any emergency response personnel inside. Wade said one upside to having to having all the emergency personnel under one roof is that everyone can hear the work orders at the same time.

The facility will serve as a command center for all emergency response groups during an actual emergency, but will also function as a training center on a daily basis. 

"If you're not having an actual event, you're constantly training," said Wade. "So, it's going to be a good ongoing training, different for the different agencies that we have coming in."

Directors with the project say the point of the building is just to be prepared.

"It's one of these things I hate to say, I hope we never use it," said Wade. "But if you have an event, you're going to wish you had something like this, so that's the big thing."

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