Westchester officials evaluate emergency response system during blackout

Officials are looking at how the county handled the blackout of 2003.

Westchester has spent millions creating strategies within its Department of Emergency Services. Those strategies were put to the test last Thursday during the blackout, and now county officials are evaluating what worked and didn't work.

County Executive Andy Spano was away in Saratoga when the lights went out. He says when an emergency happens there are people to handle the situation whether he's present or not and that's what happened during the blackout.

Emergency workers set up operation inside Westchester's emergency operations center in the county building in White Plains. While emergency teams were able to keep one another updated on information from that central location, officials realize that there was no way to get word to the general public.

Spano says the biggest problem during a crisis is communication. He says it's a problem in Westchester and throughout the rest of the country.

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