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County officials keep watch on windstorm from Emergency Operations Center

February 24, 2019 07:47 PM

CHILI, N.Y. (WHEC)- Monroe County's Emergency Operations Center opened on Sunday afternoon to allow officials to keep a close watch on the windstorm and the impact in the local area.

Officials had been preparing for the storm for a week, and on Sunday it arrived. In the room were there were several different agencies all together: county, city, sheriff, Red Cross, RG&E, and more.

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The EOC was fully staff, and everyone had been in since noon.

The setup allows residents to have the services they need all in one place, all by calling one number.

Each agency was being briefed every hour by Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo to keep everyone in the loop on the latest information they should be giving people in the community.

Dinolfo also said she's prepared to declare a state of emergency if necessary. 

"As this weather comes towards us, if we see substantial power lines down and trees down, I’m ready to certainly declare a state of emergency," she said, "but for now we’re under a no unnecessary travel mode. For now we want people to stay in their houses and take precautions, it’s the safest place to be."

A state of emergency would mean a travel ban would be issued. It also triggers resources both on the state and federal level.

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