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EMA Director: "Everything we practiced worked"

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CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY -

(WRCB) - Bradley County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Spence says wave after wave of storms made it quite difficult to help everyone who needed it.

Several rounds hit the county causing millions of dollars in destruction and damaging nearly 500 homes.

Spence, at the helm of the command center, says he helped get power crews and paramedics to the critical spots.

"Whenever you start getting multiple things that impair your capability to respond," he says, "It makes you more aware of what you should be doing."

Spence maintained contact with each team leader as storms pummeled the county.

Months of disaster training, just before the storms, paid off.

"The big learning point for me is everything we practiced has worked," Spence says.

Ultimately, eight people lost their lives.

Spence says this has only prompted the county to train harder, and never forget the events of last April.

"We need to take these exercises seriously and maybe push them further than what we did in the past."

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