Inside Detroit's emergency operations center

Posted at 6:55 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 18:55:45-05

Detroit's homeland security chief showed 7 Action News the inside of a building we can't tell you much about. Only that this is where every leader who is responsible for your safety will converge in the event of a mass emergency.

"We are prepared to handle what comes our way," says Hilton Kincaid, Chief Homeland Security and Emergency Management Planner.

"We have what we call a 'ready ops' system, and that system sends out notifications to the key people that need to be here," he said.

The purpose of the building, according to the chief, is to "coordinate resources," and get everyone to respond to a situation that's in real time.

A big part of that response is alerting the community, to be aware and/or stay away from harm.

They are pushing what's called Nixle. A free texting service that will notify subscribers of an emergency.

Just text 888-777 and type in Detroit and you are automatically enrolled.

"The more people we can reach and teach the more people we can keep safe," says Kincaid.