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York County Emergency Management Handles Winter Storm

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It’s day three of the South Carolina State of Emergency. But what does that mean for all the people that handle the emergencies?

In York County, it means all the agencies gathered under one roof to ride of the storm together.

“Instead of having to exchange phone calls or me be at the law center…we’re just sitting in the same room together,” said Rock Hill Police Department Executive Director Mark Bollinger. “We handle most situations just face-to-face, voice to voice and just get it done.”

It’s the York County Emergency Management Center and when things get to OPCON 3 (OPCON 5 being normal and OPCON 1 being the worst) they act as the liaison between state emergency management divisions and other agencies like law enforcement and fire departments.

“As we go through the day and the rest of the storm period, we just want to continue to monitor what people’s needs are and respond to those needs as quickly as possible,” said Director of Emergency Management, Cotton Howell.

Though they don’t replace 9-1-1 calls they work with dispatch on those logistics.

But that hasn’t stopped them from getting some interesting emergency calls.

“We had a prisoner escape yesterday and he was tracked very quickly, said Howell. “For some reason he thought he could escape in the snow.

They said, for the most part, everything has run smoothly with this storm and they haven’t had to deal with any major problems.

“People have mostly headed our warning to stay off the roads so the snow plow can do their business,” said Bollinger.

They emphasize to continue to stay off the roads until the ice has melted.

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