State Officials Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State officials have been springing into action and working around the clock to keep you safe. As the threat of Hurricane Sandy looms large, they say its fury won't take them by surprise.

"We are much better prepared this time, especially since we've been given a 24-hour window to get ready," Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said.

Road crews will be out in full force starting at 12:00 a.m. Monday, spreading salt and making other preparations for snow. National Guard members are also stationed around the state, ready to respond at the first sign of trouble.

"Highways and the National Guard have been working for the past two days, positioning equipment and assets around the state," Major General Jim Hoyer said.

But officials say while they're holding up their side of things, you also need to do your part. Governor Tomblin recommends that you keep enough food, batteries and supplies in their homes to last them at least two days.

"Go check on neighbors and friends," he said. "Because you don't know when the power is going to go off."

In the meantime, storm monitors say they'll be ready for whatever comes our way.

"We're still a little iffy about what the effects will be on the state," emergency preparedness coordinator Terrance Lively said. "But all the state agencies have been working diligently over the weekend to make sure we are prepared."

Officials say dealing with the derecho this summer has made them a lot better prepared for emergencies.

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