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PORTLAND, Ore. --The City of Portland opened it's new emergency coordination center Thursday. It's designed to improve the ability to respond to earthquakes and other disasters.

The nearly $20-million facility is known as an ECC.

It centralizes the city's response to any emergency event. It's not just for big earthquakes but for snow and ice even H1N1 pandemics, said Carmen Merlo, Director of Portland's Bureau of Emergency Management.

The building has a wide range of information and communication technologies. It's design meets the LEED gold standard.

The Facility also houses the Portland Water Bureau of Emergency Management division and security offices.

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