BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — The Mayor’s Office, the Parish Emergency Management Advisory Committee, Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services will announce the beginning of the construction of the parish Safe Room and Training Facility on Tuesday morning.

The $6.6 million EBR Safe Room and training center will be funded by FEMA and EMS. It will serve as a dual purpose facility for first responders during natural disasters and a training facility throughout the year.

“The Safe Room Training Center is another step in our administration’s efforts to support our parish first responders while also focusing on the overall safety of our residents. The facility’s purpose is to ensure that our Public Safety personnel are receiving 21st-century training and are properly sheltered in a centralized location during weather events. I’m confident the Training Center will also boost morale, retention, and recruitment of our public safety personnel, rooted in respect and regard for the communities they serve,” says Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.

Based on calculations provided by FEMA, the dual-use, one-story, hurricane safe room will be approximately 16,580 square feet and will provide near-absolute life safety protection for an estimated 704 essential services personnel. 

The new facility will provide adequate space and amenities needed to provide for needed emergency staging and shelter for first responders throughout the Parish during major weather events.

The projected timeline for completion of the EBR Safe Room and Training Center is one year.