<em>An accounting from http:\/\/americancityandcounty.com documenting Whitaker\u2019s emergency management efforts in June of 2016:<\/em>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_34289" align="alignleft" width="406"]<img class=" wp-image-34289" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/09\/flood-2016.jpg" alt="" width="406" height="487" \/> White Sulphur Springs flooding at intersection of Routes 60 and 92.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>During the first four days after torrential flooding inundated West Virginia on June 23, 2016, just two full-time employees, one part-time employee and a radio technician worked feverishly to coordinate response efforts for Greenbrier County.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cIf we got two hours of sleep during the first 96 hours, that\u2019s pushing it,\u201d says Al Whitaker, director of the Greenbrier County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one of its two full-time employees.\r\n\r\nGreenbrier County was the hardest-hit county in West Virginia from the flooding. The June flooding event brought unprecedented flash flooding, which caused the majority of the destruction. After those frantic first four days, Whitaker\u2019s office would operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily until Aug. 1, when it returned to normal hours.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe water speed as it was flowing through may have reached 40, 50 miles an hour,\u201d Whitaker explains. \u201cWe\u2019ve never had anything like that... we had over 10 inches of rain fall in 24 hours.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhitaker coordinated with his deputy director and the state to get additional resources and floodwater rescue teams to handle the flooding, which had stranded him in the field for six hours.\r\n\r\nWhitaker says they were having a problem trying to find places to evacuate residents \u201cbecause this [once in a] thousand-year flood was hitting areas [where] we would\u2019ve normally evacuated people,\u201d he explains.\r\n\r\nThree locations - Whitaker\u2019s office and two mobile command vehicles- were set up to field the many calls for help. \u201cAll city and county governmental agencies played a part in disaster response,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nGreenbrier County has a general emergency operations plan that outlines which agencies are to handle specific areas in an emergency situation, Whitaker says. But during the first 96 hours, Whitaker says he was coordinating with many agencies all at once.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt really wasn\u2019t \u2018we do this then go on to the next,\u2019 it was multitasking,\u201d he recalls.\r\n\r\nWhitaker later enlisted three West Virginia counties and a city to specifically help his office coordinate response efforts across Greenbrier County. Using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) information, Whitaker says Greenbrier County used GIS to plot points of distribution, shelter locations and temporary debris sites.\r\n\r\nWest Virginia Public Broadcasting reported in late June that the flooding killed at least 17 in Greenbrier County, marking the highest death count of all counties the West Virginia flooding affected.