The Loudoun County Department of Emergency Management has activated its Emergency Operations Center as Hurricane Florence batters the Atlantic Coast.
Loudoun’s forecast has gotten steadily less dire as weather forecasters have revised Florence’s track. As of Friday, weather in Loudoun was mild, and county spokesman Glen Barbour said the center was activated in a “listening” mode.
Coordinator of Emergency Management Kevin Johnson was joined by a small crew of personnel from county administration, public information, fire and rescue, and the Sheriff’s Office, among others. When the center is fully activated, it brings together representatives from services and departments ranging from public infrastructure, to first responders, to local hospitals. The facility, on Sycolin Road, is a central point of communications and control during emergencies with a digital phone system, radio communications capabilities on an assortment of frequencies, a local area network, and its own emergency power source.