WILLIAMSON – This past weekend the Tug Valley area was hit with its first major winter storm which was dubbed “Jonas,” however it seems for the most part Mingo County fared well.
Doug Goolsby, Director of the Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management, had much praise for those in the county.
“I just wanted to say how proud I am of our county during the recent winter storm. First off, I want to personally thank each one of our citizens for heeding the warnings for getting prepared and staying safe,” Goolsby said. “This storm – by no means – was no little storm.”
“The backbone of any Emergency Operation MECA 911 is the employees and each of them performed above and beyond,” Goolsby added. “They coordinated the response resources even though their families were home and they were working.”
“Our firefighters are some of the best around. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that Mingo County is only as strong as our first responders,” Goolsby stated. “We have some well trained and dedicated men and women of our volunteer fire departments.”
“Through these horrible road conditions EMS was still responding. We are lucky to have very well trained EMS providers,” Goolsby continued. “They braved the conditions putting their lives on the line during and through this entire storm. Law enforcement never failed and our officers were still operating through these horrid conditions, assisting the public, and maintaining law and order.”
“The State DOH and city workers worked around the clock to try and clear roadways,” Goolsby said. “It may have seemed like a never ending task because the snow was covering the roads back up as fast as they would scrape it.”
“We as a County have progressed by being more proactive than reactive,” the EMS Director said. Goolsby said all agencies from the County Commission and all other organizations were activated at the Emergency Operations Center.
“This is not possible without volunteers to man it and assist in finding and coordinating scarce and vital resources,” he added. “It goes to show with knowledge and effort we can band together and face disasters as a team.”
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)