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Emergency Operations, 9-1-1 center open house set for Saturday
Spacious, state-of-the-art and sturdy are some of the words being used to describe the county’s new Emergency Operations and Sheriff’s Communications Center, which will be unveiled during a public open house from 1 to 4 p.m. March 2.

Residents are invited to tour the $21 million, 43,000-square-foot facility and view vehicles from some of the county’s emergency response agencies, including the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Fire Services and EVAC Ambulance.

The new center will house the countywide 9-1-1 dispatch center and the emergency operations center, which provides central location for officials to make strategic decisions during emergencies such as hurricanes, wildfires, civil unrest and mass casualty incidents.

The 6,500-square-foot dispatch center has 50 consoles for dispatchers, while the 4,000-square-foot emergency operations center can hold 90 support staff during disasters.

Features include high-tech communications and energy systems, a news media broadcast room, citizens information center, ham radio center, 80-foot backup radio tower, backup generators, helicopter pad, meeting rooms, kitchen, and bunk rooms for men and women.

The building has been designed to withstand 180 mph winds and an EF3 tornado.

For more information about the open house, contact Community Information Manager Joanne Magley at 386-822-5062, ext. 12689.

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Area seniors invited to free special events, educational seminars
Sterling Court, an independent retirement community is hosting a number of events, activities and seminars free and open to the public in March at 1001 Alabaster Way, Deltona.

The events include:
• March 8 at 2 p.m.: Let’s Talk Seniors, a session on fraud prevention.
• March 9 at 3 p.m.: Pot of Gold Bingo. Refreshments afterward.
• March 10 at noon: An Irish-themed, chef-prepared meal.

To RSVP or for more information: call Sterling Court at 386-775-8004.

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Community outreach event to benefit food bank
The WyoTech campus in Ormond Beach will host an open house and community outreach event to collect donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank, a group that distributes food to 105 partner agencies and 70 food pantries in Volusia County.

Free to the public, this event for families will be held March 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 470 Destination Daytona Lane, Ormond Beach. It will include a community cookout and a live broadcast from WHOG radio.

“The gap between what’s been collected and what’s needed is bigger than ever before,” said Susan Clark, director of the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia in Deland. “We’re weathering a big food crisis. We have two big food drives every year and both we’re notably down in poundage.”

The WyoTech campus has over 700 students and more than 110 employees.

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