Assessing Property Damage

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It's now easier for Wood County Emergency Services to figure out what it spends on natural disasters, like last June's derecho.

Emergency Services teamed-up with the Wood County Assessor's office to get information on property values, which can be used to determine losses after major storms.

Assessor Rich Shaffer says doing damage assessments is as simple as finding the paperwork and going out in the field.

"His appraisers already have the vehicles, they have the forms," says Emergency Services Director Ed Hupp. "We can use their paperwork. They can go out and check a house, they have all the measurements for that house. And no one is more qualified to do the dollar amount in damage that everyone's wanting to know."

The Wood County Commission Monday approved the EMS's county emergency plan.

It may also seek bids for a new computed activated dispatch system for the 911 center.

Center Director Randy Lowe says it would be the first upgrade in that system in six years, and, while that doesn't sound like long, Lowe says much of the software is, or soon will be outdated.

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