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 Sunday.

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," Haverkos added.

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 Haverkos.

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.

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