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State officials talk storm prep in Utica

Falling equally as fast as the snow on Wednesday-assurances from Albany that they were putting the state's resources behind fighting the snow storm throughout all of New York State.

Posted: Feb 7, 2018 5:34 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2018 5:38 PM


Falling equally as fast as the snow on Wednesday-assurances from Albany that they were putting the state's resources behind fighting the snow storm throughout all of New York State.

"The state emergency operations center was activated this morning at 6am," said NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino. Parrino and Office of General Services Commissioner, Roann Destito, addressed local leaders at the D.O.T. garage in Utica Wednesday afternoon, about halfway through the storm. "Over half a million tons of salt in the state ready to go. They're rolling with 1500 of their large plows, 190 of their medium plows and 326 of their front loaders," added Parrino.

The commissioner says the state's storm war chest is also more easily-accesible than it was in years past.

"Now we have equipment pre-staged throughout the state. Seven years ago it was coming from one location, could take 7,8 hours," said Parrino.

As for whether Wednesday's rapid response to the storm had anything to do with that other, named snow storm last March, Parrino said the state's emergency responders learn from every emergency.

"We try to get our lessons learned and the key right now is, we're trying to get out in front of this."

Assistant Commissioner Joseph LaBella offered some practical advice to central New Yorkers.

"Just heed the warnings we've been giving out. Once you leave work, go home, get off the road, so they can open the roads so we'll be good tomorrow."

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