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Posts published in “Day: April 30, 2019”

9-1-1 Call Center opens in East Aldine

Harris County leaders, Members of the East Aldine District, and other officials held a ribbon cutting on Friday to officially open the new Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Call Center.

Harris County leaders gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Harris County 911 Emergency Call Center in East Aldine last Friday, April 26. The 42,000-square-foot facility is a major upgrade from the current call center operation that has been victimized by repeated flooding, most recently during Hurricane Harvey. The new Harris County 911 Emergency Call Center is part of the 60-acre East Aldine District Town Center. The elevated building is designed to operate before, during and after a Category 4 Hurricane with winds up to 155 mph.

During Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Sheriff’s Office call takers were forced to evacuate the current downtown location after storm waters overwhelmed Buffalo Bayou and flooded the call center. The call takers then spent many post-hurricane weeks working out of the Greater Harris County 911 building in northwest Harris County.

The new call center boasts a main floor with 72 call-taker consoles and 3 backup generators, one of which has enough fuel capacity to run the building on full power for 6 days. It includes staff sleeping quarters and laundry facilities. The operation is set to begin fielding calls next week.

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Sheriff’s Safety Meeting draws many residents

Sergeants and Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at the community safety meeting in Aldine.

The District II Sheriff’s Safety Forum took place on Apr. 24, 2019 at the East Aldine Management Office.

There were approximately 25 residents, 5 CPAAA members, and numerous officers present.

Sgt. Scholwinski introduced officers present. He discussed crimes committed in D2 and shared crime statistics for the past year. Most statistics have shown a decrease with the exception of auto theft and burglary of motor vehicles.

Captain Koteras called these crimes of opportunity:

– Don’t leave items in your vehicles.

– Park your cars in your garage, if possible.

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