Butler County EOC heavily prepared for Sunday's severe weather
BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -
Emergency Operations Centers were up and running all over
the Tri-State thanks to the storms that made their way through the area on
In Butler County, their EOC was mobilized around noon on
Sunday ahead of the storms.
"We've activated our
Emergency Operations Center at a Level One monitoring level," said Matt Haverkos
of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency.
The people at the center are all
part of a team monitoring the storm system that moved through. They're
organizing and preparing all of the county's first responders to make sure
they've got resources in place for a timely response.
"Collectively, as a whole
for resources, in the event that multiple areas are impacted, or other areas
maybe aren't able to take care of what they need to, we can assist with that,"
The EOC in Butler County is
mobilized more than you may think. They actually get it up and running
much more often than a big storm event like this.
"We mobilize on, probably, a
monthly basis. We do training in between, as well. But, primarily
any time there's a storm threat, if you see anything come across that
potentially in the next 24 hours we're going to have severe weather, at least a
minimal level there will be a few folks here," Haverkos told FOX19.
What goes on inside that room in
Hamilton is just the tip of the iceberg of what goes into these preparation
efforts. With workers on standby, emergency crews reporting conditions to
the EOC, and collaborative efforts between other emergency agencies, together
they're ready for anything.
"Always plan for the worst, and if it doesn't turn out to be
that way, then at least we chalk it up as a good training opportunity," said
The emergency workers at the EOC also used social media to make
sure the public could stay up-to-date and informed about the storms. But,
other than a few thousand power outages, Butler County made it out of the
storms without any major damage.