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CHARLESTOWN â Kevin Gallup, Charlestownâs Emergency Management Agency director, doesnât just react to storms like Hurricane Sandy â he anticipates them, learns from them, and is ready to mobilize the town for the next big one.
Gallup, who has been in public service for more than 30 years, said he first learned how to plan for storms from Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and Hurricane Bob in 1991.
âWhat hurt us with Sandy was once the hurricane turned into a cold core storm, the hurricane centers stopped sending out weather warnings and tracking because it no was longer a hurricane technically,â Gallup said. âAnd that caused a bunch of problems because the things that you normally look at when a hurricane is coming are based on the latest information and the latest information was somewhere else.â
âLuckily we always go 10 to 15 percent beyond worst case scenario we think itâs going to be,â he added.
Town Council President Thomas B. Gentz said Charlestown is âextremely organizedâ because of Gallup.
Read the full story in this week's Chariho Times.