Construction of New Hanover County's new 911 Center is now clear to begin as early as next month.
Monday night the County Commissioners approved a $1.8 million contract to build the center. It would be near the county's Marketplace Mall offices just off South College Road.
The county's 911 and Emergency Operation Center Downtown is cramped and needs room to expand.
New Hanover County is also taking steps to be better prepared next time a storm or other disaster hits.
Some of the proposals in the hazard mitigation plan include re-mapping flood zones, putting emergency generators at storm shelters, making the county's Administrative Annex at Marketplace Mall earthquake proof and installing links between the county's radio system and the 911 center.
The City of Wilmington and the Town of Kure Beach have signed onto the plan. Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach will come up with their own plans.