Disaster Center Will Have High Tech Feeds

Red Cross unveils new San Diego/Imperial Counties disaster operations center

By Lauren Steussy
|  Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012  |  Updated 9:08 PM PDT
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Volunteers settle into the Red Cross' new disaster center on Thursday.

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Disaster Center Will Have High-Tech Feeds

Red Cross will be more prepared to handle disasters such as the 2003 and 2007 wildfires with the opening of a new high-tech disaster center.
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Red Cross will be more prepared to handle disasters such as the 2003 and 2007 wildfires with the opening of a new high-tech disaster center.

The agency unveiled the new center on the 3000 block of Calle Fortunada and its features Thursday with the help of Mayor Jerry Sanders and other local political leaders.

One new feature is a TouchTable platform -- a screen that creates models of information. Others include large screen displays that show media feeds, pictures and maps.

There are also 40 new volunteer stations, each with different functions -- such as feeding stations or consulting.

Donations from the public made the expansion possible, according to the agency.

"As a region, we've learned through experience about the vital importance of being prepared for a disaster," said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders in a statement.

The 2007 wildfires claimed more than 1,300 homes and caused about $1 billion in damages.

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