February 2, 2006
Weather can change at a moment's notice, and sometimes it can be disastrous. Officials in our area doing what they can to make sure they are prepared and able to keep people safe.
We have springlike weather now, but often this time of the year brings lots of wintry weather. Inside Zehmer Hall, emergency officials are preparing to handle what to do if weather closes roads, knocks out power, or even injures residents, leaving the community paralyzed fordays.
The exercise includes representatives from the state and local levels as well as University of Virginia personnel who are working with a simulation controlled by a computer.
"If something goes terribly wrong, we want to be able to know each other, meet with each other, know what everyone's resources are, and work together; so that we clear the problem up as soon as possible," said Margie Thomas, of the Emergency Operations Center for Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville.
Our area participates in a realistic drill each year. The last one conducted for our area, was a drill at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport to test operating a fire onboard an airplane.
Officials participating will be evaluated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.