Kanawha County Emergency Management Prep For Snow, Ice

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friday was a pretty relaxed day for workers at Metro 911 in Charleston.

However, they know it's just the calm before the storm.

"I say this and hospitals are priority," said C.W. Sigman.

Sigman is Kanawha County's Deputy Emergency Manager.

His Friday was spent making sure plans are in place for the weekend's weather; and that those plans have backups.

"Can't do without electrical power, so we have four generators sitting right here," Sigman said.

With the storm set to hit Sunday, Sigman expects the early management team to be put on standby Saturday afternoon.

"Means don't go anywhere, don't do anything, be ready for action," Sigman said.

However, the command center isn't the only place performing preparations.

"Make sure it runs properly, make sure there's fuel, make sure the oil is checked," said Captain H.L. Clark with the Charleston Fire Department.

Area fire departments are also getting ready to handle the snow and ice.

Clark knows they'll be dealing with a higher call volume, every one of which can be critical.

"Our first priority is to make sure the equipment we take to the scene will function properly," Clark said.

Every day at 8 a.m., vehicles and gear are checked -- from the smallest of valves to biggest of ladders; because, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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