SDG&E Unveils Emergency Operations Center

A new Emergency Operations Center will serve as San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) central command post should a natural disaster or other significant incident impact the area’s electric and natural gas systems. The $1.5 million command center will be fully staffed and operational on New Year’s Eve to monitor and respond to any operational problems that may occur.

“Although we are not anticipating any significant Y2K-related outages on New Year’s Eve, we will have this new command center activated and ready to go,” said Edwin A. Guiles, SDG&E president. “It (the new command center) provides the news media, local government, emergency response agencies and others with a centralized point of contact during a major incident that impacts electric or natural gas service to the San Diego region.”

In the event of a crisis, SDG&E emergency management and response teams can use the 6,500-square-foot facility to assess the power and natural gas grids and work toward returning the system to operation. The new Emergency Operations Center includes a situation room with 33 computer screens and workstations for emergency response team members, three 7-by-5-foot projection monitors to display damage-assessment reports, outage information, news updates and other key data, a separate communications center where personnel can monitor local and national television and radio broadcasts and police and fire radio calls, and a command and control center where senior management can monitor crises and coordinate decisions.

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