Staff at Emergency Operations Center Monitors Conditions During Storm
Staff at EOC
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
The winter storm has central Virginia emergency personnel on standby. Crews are keeping a close eye on roads from the regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Ivy Road.
Firefighters, police officers, and Virginia Department of Transportation crews were all staffed at the regional EOC Monday keeping a close eye on area roads. Emergency personnel have a bird's-eye view of roads across the region.
Captain Peter Mainzer with the Albemarle County Police Department says having staff from different divisions in one room gets everybody on the same page.
"To have all of the partners in the same room sitting across the table from one another I think allows for a much more efficient and quicker response to problems,” said Mainzer.
Emergency management coordinator Kirby Felts says staff is keeping an eye out for car accidents, power outages and more.
"Whether it's icy, whether there are accidents or even hazards, and that could be anything like a car that skidded off the road and is potentially blocking some of it, or a tree could be causing challenges as folks try to navigate around it,” said Felts.
The EOC was less hectic Monday compared to the area's last big winter storm.
Between midnight and noon on Monday there were 25 accidents reported in the city, county and University of Virginia area combined. Eight road hazards were also reported.
"So that's really not tremendous numbers and injuries, there were, I think, two minor injuries associated with those accidents,” said Felts.
Felts says power outages weren't an issue Monday, as only one was reported. The EOC closed at 5 p.m.
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