Emergency management agencies in the Eureka and Wildwood area reported a relatively quiet night despite the massive storm that rolled through the area Monday and urged citizens to be prepared for the next big weather event.
Michael Thiemann, with the Metro West Fire Department, said they activated their emergency operations center at 7:30 p.m. and had command staff in place to take action if necessary. However, no major structural damage was reported.
“We did have a few wires down and limbs on roadways, but nothing unusual,” he said.
In light of last night’s storm and the tragic destruction in Oklahoma from a mile-wide tornado, Thiemann urged residents to take advantage of an emergency preparedness class sponsored by the department and the city of Wildwood.
The class is set for 7 p.m. at Wildwood City Hall and will include a presentation on emergency preparedness and safety in the case of severe weather and other natural hazards.
“This will be for residents seeking answers on how to keep their family, friends and co-workers safe,” stated a post about the event on the department’s Facebook page.
Thiemann said preparation and coordination prior to any major storm are keys to helping agencies and citizens lessen the impacts felt by a community.
Elsewhere in the area, the Monarch Fire Department said they responded to one report of a lightning strike at a home that tripped some electrical breakers but caused no apparent damage while the Eureka Fire Department said they received one call for a downed wire at around 11:30 p.m.