Responding in the Winter Weather

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – As soon as the snow started flying, the phones started ringing at Metro 911Saturday.

"Once it hit and the roads started getting covered -- inundated with wrecks," said Scott Holbrook of Metro 911.

There were 54 car crashes in Kanawha County on Saturday between 7 in the morning and 7 at night.

"Large scale responses on wrecks from one end of the county to another -- gets really, really hectic," Holbrook said.

When severe weather threatens, dispatchers say callers can’t usually get out and check the victims. So, Metro dispatches police, fire and paramedics to play it safe in case of any injuries.

Some people are hoping to avoid being on the wrong end of a 911 call so they play it safe and are prepared.

"It has a flashlight, batteries, emergency blanket, survival whistle, waterproof materials and first aid kit," driver Sarah Shields as she described the emergency kit her parents gave her said.

"It has chains and cones in it that way if we're broken down in the snow we can make ourselves visible," driver Riko Vasquez said.

All while emergency crews do their best to rush to the scene to help.

"Those radios get really, really busy -- a lot of people doing a lot of talking because there's just so many incidents that they're involved in," Holbrook said.

Communicating, prioritizing and relying on the public to help them respond quickly, especially when wild winter weather breaks loose.

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