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Community Reacts to Derecho One Year Anniversary

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Saturday marks the one year anniversary of last year's derecho.

Harrison County 911 Director Paul Bump said that storm put lots of people in harms way, including those who rely on electricity for oxygen devices.

Heat was another big problem and some areas opened up cooling stations.

Bump said the area is more prepared now than it was last year.  He said emergency responders invested in generators in case it happens again.

He emphasized the importance of everyone being prepared. 

"The biggest thing we all need to learn is preparedness. We need to understand there's always a good chance we could go several days without electricity. It's not hard to stock up on a few cans of soup and water," said Bump.

Bump encouraged the community to pay attention to reliable new sources during storms such as that one.

Bob Rokisky runs the Exxon mart in Clarksburg.  He said his business was affected by the storm. 

He said  in 45 years he's seen almost everything including the oil embargoes, but the derecho was worse. 

"The biggest problem was people didn't have electricity and a lot of service stations didn't and the one's that did were overwhelmed by getting the product in here," said Rokisky.

Rokisky said they handled the situation well by organizing lines at the gas pumps to get people in and out.

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