Somerset County EMA Weather Exercise

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It is a coincidence that the County of Emergency Services Department of Somerset held an extreme weather exercise on the same day heavy snow fell for the first time this season.

On Tuesday morning, first responders and safety officials from Somerset County gathered to practice responding to a wintry weather emergency.

“Fortunately, we don’t need to use the Emergency Operations Center much, but we definitely want to have everyone come in at least twice a year to do it.”

“Each time we do these exercises, we have new people to meet. You want to do this on a day like today for an exercise,”

In addition to the emergency operations center, there were also boots on the ground at a second location for the exercise.

The Conemaugh Township Senior Center in Hollsopple has been turned into a shelter for the day, the first time it has been done in an exercise like this.

“We have simulated the opening of shelters in several exercises in previous years, but this is the first time that we will actually deploy people into the shelter to set up real beds,”

American Red Cross officials went so far as to set up cots, bring bottled water and set up equipment in the makeshift shelter that would be used in the event of a real emergency.

They have not only worked to protect humans, but also animals with the help of the Somerset County Animal Response Team.

“One of the things we learned nationally in Florida with the recent hurricane is that people bring pets when they come to the shelter. That’s why we have the Animal Rescue Team to house pets and the American Red Cross to house humans as they come,”

“One of the things we learned nationally in Florida with the recent hurricane is that people bring pets when they come to the shelter. That’s why we have the Animal Rescue Team to house pets and the American Red Cross to house humans as they come,”

Representatives of Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) were also present during this large-scale exercise to assist.

Local amateur radio operators from the Somerset County Amateur Radio Club also assisted in the operation as communications personnel.

While first responders are there to help, officials say be sure to do your part to stay safe.

“Head for weather warnings and stay in touch with current conditions, so you can be safe and in a safe position, especially before traveling in bad weather.

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