By Samantha Anderson
4:39 PM CST, February 21, 2013
While and city and county crew were out in the snow making sure everyone was safe, Saline County's emergency management department has been planning for days, trying to make sure everyone has the information they need.
"Since we have the ability to communicate with the weather service, we usually have a pretty good idea, several days ahead of time as to what we can be expecting," emergency management director Hannah Furbeck said. "Then we can kind of prepare for it."
Furbeck and her team work to gather and give out information to city, county and business authorities, so they know how to best use their resources.
"I manage the situation or monitor the situation," Furbeck said. "I don't have any control over the fire chief, the police chief or the sheriff, their there own department heads. But, what I do do is help with coordinating them."
Some of the work takes place well before the storm. Furbeck helps train te over 250 emergency responders in Salina.
"When we do have major disasters or we do have major events, we are ready for them," Furbeck said.
While emails and conference calls may not be as physically demanding as putting out fires and shoveling snow, they are key to make sure the county stays safe during these wintery conditions.
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