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BACKUP 911 COMMUNICATIONS CENTER IS READY TO GO

Officials from Pasco County and the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday cut the ribbon on a backup 911 communications center. - Why should you, a resident, care? The center, located at the main county jail, will handle your emergency calls should something happen to the main center in New Port Richey. This could include technological meltdowns, building collapses or natural disasters such as - gulp - a hurricane.

Here's a look at the new backup center by the numbers:

4.5 Distance, in miles, from the Primary 911 Communications Center in New Port Richey to the Gulf of Mexico

15.25 Distance, in miles, from the Backup 911 Communications Center in Land O'Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico

$1.1-million Estimated cost to construct a new backup center from the ground up

$250,000 Actual construction cost, using inmate labor and refurbished equipment (the money came from the 911 surcharge paid by telephone customers)

23 Number of call takers and dispatchers at the main 911 center

14 Number of call takers and dispatchers who would staff the backup center in an emergency

45 Time, in minutes, to get the backup center up and running, including travel time for staff from New Port Richey

0 Time, in minutes, for backup computer call router to take over if main router fails (it's set to happen automatically

2 Number of dry runs conducted at the backup center

2 Number of dry runs that succeeded

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

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