Emergency Management - Nov. 14, 2018
The city and county will activate its multi-agency coordination center (formerly known as the emergency operations center) during the first two workdays that Business 40 is closed so that it is prepared to respond in the event that any serious issues or incidents develop, says August Vernon, the city-county director of emergency management.
"This is a proactive measure we are taking because we are taking the closure seriously," Vernon said. "Closing Business 40 for this construction project is an unprecedented event. By having all the key players in one room we’ll be better able to coordinate the response to any emergency situation or issues that may arise. Having these people together will also allow us to coordinate our communications during those first days of the closure."
The center will be staffed Nov. 19 & 20 during rush hours -- from 7 to 10 a.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. -- with representatives of more than 25 agencies, including local law enforcement and fire departments, emergency management, Forsyth Emergency Medical Service, city and state transportation departments, the city-county schools, local universities and hospitals, PART and the Winston-Salem Transit Authority.
Business 40 through downtown Winston-Salem is scheduled to close at 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
"The best thing that folks can do is get their vehicles off the road by looking into their options for taking the bus, car-pooling or using the new park-and-ride lots that WSTA is setting up," Vernon said. "If that is not feasible, commuters should start practicing their alternate routes now."