The emergency operations center houses Sarasota County’s 911 emergency communications, 311 call center and sheriff’s and fire administration training. It includes administrative offices, a main data room, intermediate distribution frame rooms, conference rooms and multipurpose rooms, along with police and fire response training areas. A media briefing room is equipped with press and FEMA truck pedestals to keep the public informed on a real-time basis.
During a countywide emergency, the emergency operations center can remain operational for up to 72 hours and can accommodate more than 300 people. A 250 foot communications tower is connected to the building and grounded for lightning strikes to further assure communication continuity during an emergency.