There’s a state-of-the-art $5 million reinforced nearly windowless building next door to the sheriff’s department headquarters off Winter Lake Road chock full of high-tech everything that is clearly one man’s domain.
It’s the Polk County Emergency Operations Center and it’s honcho is Emergency Management Director Pete McNally. Opened in 2010, the block building houses the latest in communications, education and visual displays that will make sure McNally and dozens of Polk officials are informed of fluid situations should the county be assailed by a disaster, from a deadly crash that closes Interstate 4 for hours and hours, wildfires that run amok, flooding of low lying areas or a a major hurricane.
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