On October 29th, 2012 Superstorm Sandy plowed through the mountains of West Virginia, shutting down entire counties. Randolph County was hard hit by the storm, and some residents were still without power even a week later. Now in 2013, County Commissioner Mike Taylor said the county will be even better prepared for another disaster.
"We've made some advances in setting up temporary shelters, if you will, at nine out of ten volunteer fire departments throughout the county. They're all equipped with emergency generators now," said Taylor.
Davis and Elkins College also felt the storm's wrath. The college was closed for a week after Sandy hit. For those who couldn't get away, the college opened the Madden Student Center to provide shelter and heat until power was restored. College president Dr. Michael Mihalyo said they managed to turn a trying time into a better experience.
"The students were there, a number of other community members were there. We were able to keep people warm. We had a movie night, a pizza night, there were a number of things that happened despite the storm, and overall a positive experience," Mihalyo said.
Barbour County was also hit hard. Emergency Management Director Cindy Hart says they too had a hard time getting power and supplies to many people in the county after the storm hit. She thinks that now, residents will be better prepared for another incident like Sandy.
"I believe so. I think they've realized that they are not immune to this, and that it will and can happen to them. Hopefully people have taken that example and they've purchased generators and they have their 72-hour kits at home to prepare," said Hart.
The cleanup isn't even done yet. Taylor says Randolph County still has problems from fallen debris blocking streams around the county.