Warm Weather Leads to More 911 Calls

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The warmer weather moving in this week may make it nice to be outside, but it can also cause headaches for emergency responders.

While it may seems like winter is a distant memory, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County 911 Center has been kept busy taking your calls relating to the snow and bad roads. Now that the roads are clear and the sun is out, there are new dangers they're getting ready for.

Warmer weather leads to an increase in 911 calls. The call center as already increased staffing to eight call takers just like they did for the snow this winter. They say people getting together for a fun time in large group settings is one of the biggest issues they deal with.

"The warm weather brings out the natives. We have to start looking at increasing our staffing levels, because there are more people out and about moving," explained operations manager, Dee Dee Sencindiver.

Extra staff may also be brought in as severe weather season gets underway. She said when thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes move in, they prepare just like they would for a snow storm.

If you're dealing with noise or alcohol in your neighborhood and want to report, you don't even have to share your name when you make the call. The biggest thing to remember is to stay calm and have a location ready.

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