Severe weather keeps first responders on standby

HOLLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — Although heavy rain and high winds were the most damaging results of early severe weather in Erie County, first responders say they are on standby and will be prepared to respond to any emergencies during a severe weather situation.

One volunteer firefighter says the Holland Volunteer Fire Company was first alerted via cell phone of a potential threat of tornado around 11:00 a.m.

“Assess the situation and respond with the proper equipment needed,” Howard Smith, of the Holland Volunteer Fire Company, said. “The chief would probably respond first and he’d give us the necessary orders for the equipment we would need.”

Smith says during severe weather events, citizens should seek shelter if outside, and stay inside when possible. He says getting to the center of a room or into a secure basement is the wisest decision in the event of a tornado.

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