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January 21, 2014

Emergency Operations Center of attention

Filed under: Alameda, Development, Public Resources — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Not for this week, but next week the Planning Board will be getting a first look at the Emergency Operations Center design.   I thought that the EOC would be housed in the same building as the replacement for the Grand Street fire house, but it appears that the proposed replacement Fire Station will be on Buena Vista in that big empty wooded lot near Grand Street.  The EOC will, of course, go in the overflow U-haul piece.  Here’s the project description from the staff report:

The proposed two-story, 3,640 square foot EOC building includes a primary meeting space that has been designed as a large gathering area for up to 50 emergency response personnel.  Supporting this primary space will be a Disaster Preparedness Office, a secondary communications and conference room, an independent communications/Information Technology equipment room, and restrooms with showers.  The two-story facility will be fully ADA accessible, with an elevator serving the upper floor, and will have dedicated off-street parking. The building design will comply with earthquake resistance code requirements for an Essential Service facility and will be served by a diesel powered generator to maintain continual operation. The site plan also provides for a future fire station to replace Fire Station 3. The fire station building will be scheduled for a separate Design Review before the Planning Board at a later date.

And renderings!

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Other than the whole issue about cost for the EOC it seems like it will be pretty low impact for the neighborhood, as in there probably won’t be that much activity and will be a whole lot better looking than its current state.   The Fire Station however will have a lot more activity than the current site and will probably have a lot more interest than the EOC.



  1. I love the new design! I love its location! I love that this site is finally being used for some noble purposes!

    The EOC and new fire station are a welcome addition to this part of Alameda.

    Thank you City Manager Russo!

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 21, 2014 @ 7:03 am

  2. It kind of sucks for the two houses on the street corner. I’m also kind of surprised that the fire station is on buena vista and the EOC is on Grand. It feels like Grand is the more “navigable” street that Buena Vista with all its stop signs.

    Comment by notadave — January 21, 2014 @ 8:39 am

  3. Does anyone know when the City will break ground on the new EOC?

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 21, 2014 @ 8:51 am

  4. No approvals yet, still in design review stages.

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 21, 2014 @ 8:53 am

  5. Thanks Lauren. You saved me a trip to City Hall this week to review the plans in person. Keep up the great blogging!

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 21, 2014 @ 10:03 am

  6. #2, The fire trucks will exit the new station onto Grand St. This was explained at the public meetings. Also, at those meetings, I did not hear any objection from the neighbors, except for fire truck head lights shining into the windows of the house directly across the street.

    Comment by Tom Schweich — January 21, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

  7. Thanks, Tom! Clearly, I neither attended the public meetings, nor was I able to read the renderings correctly.

    Comment by notadave — January 21, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

  8. Good concept. I have some questions/concerns. I would think the building should be self sufficient, rather bunker-like, able to withstand high weather conditions, also a place people would be in as much as leave from.

    1. I don’t see any sort of raising or buffering to withstand high winds or water. Slogging outside to grapple with an electrical problem doesn’t seem wise. Perhaps a door to electrical inside? Why is electrical on the farside from elevator/command center/mech? Makes finding bad wiring difficult.
    2. Is there is a covered ADA ramp into the building? I don’t see it.
    3. 50 people to 2 wash basins equals not enough wash basins. Move the doors so you can get 2 more?
    4. Have you ever had to suddenly use the toilet while showering? Here, one would have to wrap in skimpy towel and run through 49 strangers to toilets? In my house, three full baths aren’t enough for ten overnight. In an emergency, people usually don’t feel so well either.
    5. There’s no kitchen. You honestly expect 50 adults to spend several emergency days without making coffee, tea or ramin?
    6. It appears that one walks into the building and immediately deadends into a wall, turns right and the reception area is the landing for the stairs. Does this make sense? Surely not, but that is what I see.

    There is a conference room for 25 and the Captains Room, also big enough for 25? I’m extrapolating from your 50 and what i can fit in my house. Maybe the Captain could give some space to some of these other concerns?
    Why is the whole upstairs bare? Could some of these needs be met by using some of that space? I understand the need for space, but 1500 feet? Could the electrical and el mec be combined in one room? Eliminating wall space?

    Ok, that’s all the time I have. Good thinking, everyone!

    Comment by Li_ — January 22, 2014 @ 9:07 am

  9. Li: good points, perhaps they are counting on the fire station to provide access to a kitchen and additional shower space?

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 22, 2014 @ 9:13 am

  10. Lauren, during an emergency, let’s say highest high tide with gale force winds and rain,, would you think it prudent to send your emergency responders to slog to the firehouse for warm shower, soup, to get dry and warm, then have them slog back to do emergency work? Even with rope handrails strung between buildings, I think it would be too risky and is lacking in common sense. Maybe the planners should consult with some emergency people from Crescent City or other coastal, cities who have delt with such events?
    I only know in the late 70-80s I was miserably wet and cold just having to wade from the front of my east end home to the back yard to sandbag the back door. I was fully clothed in REI rain gear and wearing calf high waterproof boots. Wrenched a sholder getting buffeted between a rose and maple and still ended up with 6 inches of water in the family room mostly due to storm water back up from high tide.

    Comment by Li_ — January 23, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

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      Comment by Bwong — January 23, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

  11. Does anyone know the date of the next meeting on the Alameda EOC?

    Comment by Bernice Wong — February 24, 2014 @ 11:31 am

  12. Haven’t seen any notices of public meetings. My guess is that the next we’ll hear about this plan will be a future Planning Board meeting.

    Comment by Tom Schweich — February 24, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

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