Kanawha County Spared from Severe Weather

By: Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Katelyn Sykes Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Tuesday’s severe weather didn’t cause too many problems in the Kanawha Valley, but that didn’t mean county officials weren’t prepared to handle anything that came their way.

Kanawha County 911 officials said they spent some time Tuesday morning keeping a close eye on the radar. They said as soon as the National Weather Service issues any watches or warnings, they let other agencies in the county know so they can get ready for what could come.

They also put their Emergency Operations Center on standby. That consists of leaders throughout the county, including local cities that work together when severe weather strikes.

“They take care of a lot of the calls we receive in here, we can refer to them,” said Lt. Paul Dryden with Metro 911. “As far as power outages, they can coordinate with the power company on some of the places that need to get power back quickly like the hospitals, nursing homes.”

Tuesday’s weather wasn’t severe enough, and the EOC didn’t have to be activated. But 911 officials told us it’s all apart of the preparation process.

On Tuesday, they fielded calls related to wind, including a fallen tree and a road sign that had blown into traffic. They also had a few minor accidents.

Metro 911 officials said when they know about these storms in advance, they can try to bring in extra staff to answer calls. They didn’t have to do that Tuesday.

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