The Times West Virginian

October 9, 2013

Disaster resource, 911 centers open house Thursday

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Marion County’s disaster resource and 911 centers will have an open house from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at 50 Centerview Drive.

The staff is eager to show the public how the facilities help keeps them safe in times of crisis and danger.

“We’re trying to get people aware of what we do here,” said Chris McIntire, director of Marion County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management,.

This is the government side of a two-pronged demonstration of the importance of being prepared for emergencies and disasters.

The second, the Preparedness Expo, is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Meadowdale Road, Fairmont. It is sponsored by the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches.

The disaster resource center has “the gamut of what you need in a disaster,” he said — bottled water, cots, blankets, pillows, MRE food, mask, generators.

“We also want to show people how the emergency center and 911 work during a disaster,  how we handle calls,” he said. “We can get hundreds of calls in a storm.”


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