Kanawha County EMTs ready to respond in Hurricane Florence path
RALEIGH, N.C. (WCHS/WVAH) —
At any minute, Kanawha County ambulance teams that were deployed to North Carolina are expected to be hit by Hurricane Florence.
Between 200 to 400 people who are with emergency services across the United States are stationed at an old Kmart store just outside of Raleigh, N.C. waiting for the storm to pass.
There are cots lined up in the building and also an area to eat, which they are getting three meals a day.
Some say it’s like a reunion seeing other people they've worked with on past deployments.
So far, they say they've only seen some wind and rain bands pass through, but they expect that to get more severe.
"We didn't want to come down here and just sit, but we have to wait until the storm passes through and it's kind of nerve-wracking,” said James Albright with Kanawha County EMS. “Everybody’s wanting to go and do things and we can't go out with the storm hitting and it's still coming our direction and they won't let us leave to go do anything."
Albright said how long the teams stay depend on how severe the damage to the area is. He said big situations like this help prepare the teams for what could happen back home.