AVENAL – Avenal opened its new emergency operations center last Thursday designed to be used as a shelter for victims and as a headquarters for disaster preparedness, planning and response in Avenal.

“In the event of a critical incident, we will be able to manage the incident for the safety of our residents,” said Avenal Police Chief Rusty Stivers.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the center that is an expansion of the Ken Brown Public Safety Center in Avenal. The new center was paid for by a $250,000 grant from the state.

Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, worked to obtain the grant for the city.

“I am really proud of the team effort that went into this project and of the hard work that the Avenal Police Department and the city of Avenal have dedicated toward protecting and expanding public safety,” said Salas. “It is an honor to see the project come to fruition. I am pleased that the city and the community will benefit from the new Emergency Operations Center.”

Due to the remote location of Avenal in relation to the rest of Kings County, Salas said the emergency operations center is important for the safety of residents.

“On behalf of the city of Avenal, we thank Assemblymember Salas for his leadership and dedication to our community by securing the funding needed to create an emergency operations center,” Stivers said. 

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