Construction work has started on the new headquarters for the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), to be operated by the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) on American Road.
The work, estimated at 2.2 million US dollars, is funded by the United States Southern Command, and is expected to take between 6-8 months to be completed.
The team, headed by US contractor, Carlos Rivera, from West Construction, arrived in Antigua on December 4 to conduct the preliminary work, which included interviews with sub-contractors.
Presently, the foundation is being laid and steel work is being done.
The new NEOC headquarters will accommodate a new building, office space, facilities for parking, improved Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) facilities and security to include fencing and back-up power, and a generally better layout of the surrounding space on the NODS compound.