NYS Emergency Operations Center

John Smith / WAER News

  The Onondaga County 911 Center received nearly 600,000 calls in 2014 with an average pick-up time of 5 .9 seconds. Wednesday, members of the team were rewarded for their professional skills to help callers.  The Public Safety Dispatcher Employee of the Year Award was presented to Kelly Brigman.  Commissioner Bill Bleyle recalled a cell phone call for help she answered from an elderly man who struck his head on a tree.

NYS Office of Emergency Management website

A winter storm that’s been called ‘Hercules’ is really packing a punch over the Northeast and has also been making its presence known here in Central New York. Frigid cold temperatures are forecasted to plunge to around zero with windchills dropping to minus ten to 20 below.  In advance of the storm on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo Activated the State Emergency Operations Center.  He also issued a State of Emergency Thursday night.  An emergency management team continues tracking the frigid weather to decide where snowplows and other storm resources are needed.