Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The winter storm hitting most of the south is causing Lexington County Officials to put their new facility that opened in late 2013 to good use.

County officials have been staying at the facility holding conference calls with the State Emergency Management Division and National Weather Service to figure out the best plan of attack.

"We don't want to just bring resources on that we're not going to need, so we figure out the magnitude, the timeline of the storm, which we've been tracking this storm since Friday," said Lexington County Public Safety Director David Kerr. "It allows us to prepare our resources in accordance with what we're going to receive."

All 15 ambulances in the county will be staffed and equipped with a paramedic trained to drive in unsafe conditions.

Other departments responding to the same calls will help put ice melt on the walkways and paths when transporting patients, so despite the storm officials say patients are being well taken care of.

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