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Randolph County Better Prepared For Winter Weather

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The wet snow coated roads and trees throughout Randolph County Wednesday.

With Superstorm Sandy only months behind them, Randolph County commissioners said they were ready to deal with whatever this storm threw at them. Commission President Chris See said they started making strides after the June derecho, and now will be better prepared in the future.

"It took us a while but right now all the fire departments have generators so they can be used as emergency shelters, and we have a couple senior centers, we have one in Mill Creek that has a generator so it can be used as an emergency shelter, and the Harman Senior Center also," See said.

For students and staff at Davis and Elkins College, it was déjà vu all over again. A tree branch fell on some campus power lines Wednesday morning, and power to most of the campus was shut off while repairs were made. Joseph Roidt is the Vice President of Academic Affairs. He said staff members are becoming practiced hands at dealing with emergencies.

"The first time it happened, it's new, people sort of feel their way through it but I think were getting to the point now where it's become something that were accustomed to doing , and we sort of go through the paces and make sure that everything's in place," Roidt said.

Around the rest of the county, See said people have learned from past storms, and won't be caught by surprise again.

"All the grocery stores people were stocking up, getting gas for generators, a lot of people didn't have it to last during Sandy, they weren't prepared, but I think now people heed the warning and they're going to be more prepared this time," See said.