EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSKanawha County Better Prepared For Emergency One Year After Sandy
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 29, 2013 12:52 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 1:03 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Mountain State was in the midst of recovering from the derecho in June, 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit four months later. Those back-to-back disasters took the state's emergency preparedness plan by storm but at least one county in West Virginia is more prepared than it was a year ago.
Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said the county is more prepared for emergency situations thanks in part to federal and state grants it received. Carper said the county was given $7 million to $10 million in grant money to buy more generators. Additional grant money was given to the county to improve its infrastructure, alarm sirens and radio communication system.
"So it's been a lot of money but at the end of the day, it will never be enough because when you have a very, very serious event and you lose your support, your roads, your infrastructure, your electricity, it's very, very hard on people," Carper said.
Carper said the funds have been crucial in strengthening the county's emergency preparedness. Kanawha County lost power and had problems with its transportation and communication systems when the storm hit last October.
Many residents suffered significant damage to their homes and other property. Carper said in light of Superstorm Sandy, residents should prepare for future disasters by investing in flood insurance. He said it could be the difference between losing everything and receiving some compensation for damaged property.
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