ECC gets prepared for severe weather

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center, or ECC, geared up for Friday's storms.

The ECC and its Dispatch Center operated as normal but were ready for an influx of calls.

Emergency Management Coordinator Allison Farole said they planned to monitor the weather throughout the day.

She said they are expecting calls about downed trees and power lines, flooded roads and trees or debris on houses.

Farole also said they would be given extra resources if needed.

"We're being more cognizant of what the impacts might be, watching weather reports continuously. We may even have to sit on some conference calls later today with the National Weather Service or Virginia Department of Emergency Management to get a true understanding of what they're seeing," she said.

Farole also said staying safe in the storms means being ready.

She said to stay updated on the weather forecast, do not try to drive through water on roadways and have an emergency kit ready.

"Do you have the proper supplies to take care of yourself this evening and tomorrow if you lose power or have any needs if you get stuck at home or at work," Farole asked.

An emergency kit includes things like food, water, batteries, a flashlight and a first aid kit.

For more information on how to be prepared for severe weather, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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