Emergency Prepardness plan for weather problems


With the approaching winter storm, the Town of Williamston and Anderson County are preparing for the approaching winter storm. Williamston offices will be following the same schedule as Anderson County government offices. Local officials met Monday and the following plans were announced by Emergency Prepardness for the County:

Local roads will receive attention as they are prioritized by Anderson County and SC DOT officials. Tony Owens with Anderson County Roads and Bridges will start sanding bridges on roads with 1000+ autos per day as the weather event begins.

As roads become frozen they will shift to maintaining roadway access for emergency response vehicles. As the area beings to thaw, he will concentrate on icy spots.

Fritz Weewers with SC DOT will focus on I-85 and then move to secondary State roads. Downed trees and accident hot spots will get priority. As accidents are worked they will be marked with crime scene tape or blue survey tape to avoid redundant reports and increase the effectiveness of our emergency response personnel.

Non emergency or information for services can be reached by calling 211. Trinity Baptist Church is on stand by as our local emergency shelter. Call 911 for emergency services. Call 260-4444 for non emergency requests.

Anderson County officials and staff will continue to monitor the severe winter weather. Currently, the following scheduled Anderson County Committee Meetings have been cancelled.

The Public Interment Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 1 o’clock has been cancelled.

The Planning and Public Works Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 6 o’clock has been cancelled.

Additional information can be found on the Anderson County website, the Emergency Services Website, local weather updates and/or the County’s social media for additional closings or delays.

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is also undertaking preparations for the upcoming weather event expected for this area tomorrow and Wednesday. Should the storm produce significant power outages, the cooperative will put its emergency restoration plan into action.

The toll-free telephone number for Blue Ridge Electric customers to report an outage is 1-888-BLUERIDGE.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.