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Virginia Opens New Situational Awareness Unit

Governor McAuliffe and other top state safety officials today (12/7) officially cut the ribbon on a new Situational Awareness Unit, designed to coordinate state, local and federal emergency response agencies, in an increasingly dangerous world.

The new Situation Awareness unit replaces a 24-7 Watch office that has been in place for several years.

“But as our world has become more complicated and the natural and man-made threats continue to become more complex here in the Commonwealth, we have changed the way this unit operates,” said Spokesman Jeff Caldwell. “No longer are they just waiting for the phone to ring to assist localities as they respond to events as they happen, our Situational Awareness Unit is leaning forward and searching for opportunities to mobilize resources from neighboring localities, or from state agencies, to assist as soon as an event takes place.”

The quarter-million dollar renovation is co-located with State Police Headquarters on Midlothian Turnpike.