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BECKLEY -

Emergency crews are preparing for the worst.

About 35 people involved in every aspect of responding to an emergency weather situation gathered in Beckley Tuesday.

They came together to practice responding to severe winter weather.

It was a live video conference with groups from all over the United States.

Beckley Emergency Services director Kevin Taylor said the meeting is bringing tips to our emergency response crews that they would otherwise not have the chance to learn.

"I think we're learning internally and externally and none of us know it all so certainly we're going to learn tips from other locals and how they deal with situations in their jurisdictions so we're getting to know each other and exchange ideas and see what our people here bring to the table," said Taylor.

The crew in Beckley is one of five groups participating.

The other groups are from Illinois, Louisiana, Alaska and Pennsylvania.