Unannounced Activation of EOC - 06/08/00
JAMES CITY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
At 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, June 6, the Coordinator of Emergency Services for James City County activated the Emergency Operations Center for an unannounced drill. Unannounced activations occur several times per year. These drills are designed to test several functions within the County Emergency Operations Plan. The activation brings together members of the executive management team for the county government, along with key members of the emergency management team.
This month’s activation provided an opportunity to discuss the approaching hurricane season. The Emergency Management team is actively preparing for the 2000 hurricane season. The Associated Press recently reported the following information which was discussed at the drill.
William Gray and his colleagues at Colorado State University in Fort Collins have increased their earlier prediction for named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes by one each.
For the 2000 season which runs June 1 through November 30, Gray now predicts twelve named storms, eight hurricanes and four manor hurricanes that will have winds of 110 mph or above.
Gray attributes the revision to his forecast first issued in December to a cooling weather pattern over Pacific Ocean waters near the equator known as La Nina.
CSU's 1999 forecast, of fourteen named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes, was one of the more accurate in recent years, featuring twelve named storms, eight hurricanes and five major hurricanes.
Gray and his team of researchers make their predictions based on global ocean currents and temperatures, wind patterns, rainfall and historical data.
Leadership from a number of County departments and outside agencies participated in the drill including Social Services, Fleet Management, the James City County Service Authority, Police, Fire, EMS, Virginia Department of Health, and County Administration were in attendance.