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Franklin County EOC declares state of emergency due to winter storm

By David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.com
Published On: Feb 12 2014 05:53:33 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 12 2014 05:57:14 PM EST

The Emergency Operations Center is one of the few rural counties in the commonwealth that have a full-time EOC.

FRANKLIN CO., Va. -

In Franklin County, emergency services coordinators decided to activate the county's Emergency Operations Center, or EOC.

Franklin County held a conference call between its various public safety departments and hospitals in the county.

At 10 a.m. the county declared its own State of Emergency.

Franklin County is one of the few rural counties in the Commonwealth that has a permanent Emergency Operations Center instead of creating a makeshift one.

We’re told the room will be staffed for at least the next 24 hours and act as an extension and go-between for all those emergency services departments.

Officials say the biggest worry is people losing power.

“That causes a lot of problems when these storms come through is people without power. We'll monitor that situation, we'll monitor fire and rescue calls, we'll monitor the staffing at the stations, basically the full gamut of what it takes to keep our citizens safe,” Chief of Operations Billy Ferguson said.

Emergency service coordinators say they open this training center up at least every three months so the people who come in here stay well trained in order to help people out.

The biggest issue in Franklin County Wednesday evening is cars stuck and car accidents.

We’re told they still expect those power outages to come as the snow continues to fall.