By The Observer

Humble Independent School District police corporal Shannon Sharp invited U.S. Rep. Ted Poe on a show-and-tell tour of the district’s new Emergency Operations Center which opened ealier this year.

Sharp, the Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator for the district, showed Poe both the emergency response half of the facility as well as the police and detention half of the facility.

The emergency response half featured a headquarters room with live weather and news interfaces and video conferencing capability, all designed to run on a natural gas generator in the event of a major natural catastrophe such as a hurricane.

The police and detention half of the facility is equipped with holding cells for adult and juvenile offenders, evidence lockers, an interviewing room, dispatch center and armory.

The center now houses Humble ISD police and will be the commanding headquarters in the event of a natural catastrophe or if any violent crimes such as the recent Spring High School stabbing were to occur.

“It’s impressive,” Poe said. “Other school districts should come and look at what (HISD does) and see how they can secure their schools and take care of people.”