Columbia is getting ready for what could be the city TMs first snow fall of the year. "It's a little exciting, we don TMt get much snow in South Carolina, so we all get excited when we hear it," says Public Works Street Division Director Robert Sweatt.
Sweatt says the city has eight snow plows and four sand spreaders ready to roll just in case they're needed before Friday TMs commute. The city also keeps 100-tons of salt and sand in stock for emergencies."We're prepared if something should come," said Sweatt.
"We will actually have a centralized state of the art emergency operations center to be able to work out of," said Homeland Security Director Harold Reaves.
Reaves says in preparation for the possible winter weather the city will partially staff its new emergency operations center overnight. The center provides officials with the most up to date weather information.
"There's a whole lot of things going on behind the scenes that most citizens do not know about or are aware of...to make sure tomorrow morning if we do have some sort of snow storm that we can respond in a way that our citizens expect," said Sweatt.Officials say if inclement weather does occur, your safest bet is to just stay home if you can. Emergency & Non-Emergency Storm Response Numbers : For Emergency Calls Dial 911 *The city is urging citizens to only dial 911 in a life threatening situation!* For non-emergency calls dial 252-2911
This number should be used for all non-emergency calls, (i.e., to report power outages)