First Responders Review Performance during June's Big Storm
Last month's unexpected storms wreaked havoc on fire and rescue teams in Central Virginia, causing downed trees and widespread power outages during extreme heat.
First responders have reviewed their performance and today they will report their findings. The After Action Report will reveal what worked and what didn't work during the June 29 storm. It will also show how the community can be better prepared.
The regional emergency management coordinator, along with Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville Fire Rescue, will talk about how well they responded after the storm hit.
Albemarle County Fire Chief Dan Eggleston said they hope to find better ways to communicate with the community. He also wants to address logistical issues including how to ship water into the area faster.
"It's just a great learning opportunity for us to share with the public some of the things we see, but again try to emphasize what we can do as a citizen group to prepare should we have something like this in the future," Chief Eggleston said.
The report will also include the cost associated with the storm. Some preliminary numbers from Albemarle County show the cost to the police department at $18,000, and for the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority $22,000. The cost to remove debris could exceed $100,000.
The press briefing begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road in the second floor lobby. It is open to the public.
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