STATE HURRICANE PREPS WV Prepares For Hurricane Sandy
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Oct. 28, 2012 10:12 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012 12:30 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had a busy weekend keeping in contact with key players around the state to ensure the public's safety.
Tomblin says the WV National Guard and the Division of Highways are in place and ready to deal with the rain, wind and snow heading our way. "The D.O.H. will be out midnight on Sunday and around the clock 24 hours a day with their trucks. The National Guard has been activated. Right now, they're stationed around the state and will be our eyes and ears to tell us what's going on."
Appalachian Power began prepping Friday for potential power outages. More than 350 workers are on standby. The Governor is working side by side with Major General Jim Hoyer with the National Guard. Hoyer said, "Twice a day we're having coordination meetings that include all agencies involved. From the Red Cross and Weather Service to Highways personnel."
Governor Tomblin says people shouldn't panic, but use common sense. Don't be out on the roads unless absolutely necessary and anyone who may need shelter should call their local emergency service or the Red Cross.