All hands on deck scenario at the Hamilton County EOC

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Updated: 2/12/2014 6:41 pm
Chattanooga, Tennessee(WDEF) - While mother nature continues to threaten the Tennessee Valley with snow, it's all hands on deck at the Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center.

Emergency personnel from both Chattanooga and Hamilton County continue to monitor the weather radar as well as reports from first responders in the field. Everyone who is involved in some type of first response is working around the clock.

"We are having more staff come in this evening and they will work through the night and then we will pick up tomorrow morning as well so we will keep the emergency operations center open for as long as we need to have it open. Until this winter weather is gone," said Hamilton County EMS Spokesperson Amy Maxwell.

Fearing potential power outages, EPB is also monitoring weather conditions. EPB spokesperson, John Pless said they have crews already positioned through the area, especially higher elevations like Lookout Mountain.

"Trouble seems to strike first at the higher elevations. If trouble does strike, our crews are there and the won't have difficulties of getting up those mountains in case of icy roads or if trees come down," Pless said.

For now, all eyes are on the weather radar with hope that this system won't be that bad.
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