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New Multiplex at BR Metro Airport officially opens

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday for a project that broke ground a little more than a year ago.

The new Aviation Emergency National Disaster Multiplex at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport will officially open.

Leaders said they started thinking about the project during Hurricane Katrina.

The 24,000 square foot facility will be used for a variety of purposes, including a staging area for those helping with emergency situations during regional disasters.

Airport officials said the benefits of the new facility include:

  • Allow the airport to provide staging facilities and additional services without impinging on normal airport operations.
  • Provide the functional emergency operations center and relief warehouse critical to saving lives.
  • Offer a strategic location along the Gulf Coast halfway between Houston and Mobile to serve as a key disaster relief multiplex for a large region.
  • The multiplex will support various emergency situations such as disaster relief, but it can also serve non-emergency needs such as personnel training for emergency response preparedness.
  • The warehousing facilities will provide space to stockpile supplies during the buildup to a severe weather event, or on an extended basis.

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