Daleville Emergency Response Planning

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

DALEVILLE-- Yes, it's that time of year again....hurricanes, tornados, and floods....

"When a community is hit by like a tornado or something hundreds of people come out to help. That's just the nature of people, they want to help. But if you're not organized you wind up being more of a henderance to the trained volunteers." said Robert Marsh, Dale County EMA Director.

And organizing efforts can be a rather stormy experience.

"This exercise is for my people to know how to process these people when they come into help." said Marsh.

Marsh says an exercise like this can help a community out tremendously when natural disasters are anticipated.

"We always have a lot of trees down with a hurricane or tornado, so we need people with chainsaws that know how to use them. People with trucks and things like that to help us clear the roadways. Everybody can provide something." said Marsh.

"And with the help of some extra organizing tools, volunteers were able to prepare for disaster."

"I came out to basically check out what was going on here. We're all in flight school classes and this is kind of a part of our community service project. So we came to help these people out and figure out what we need to do as far as helping them get a little better set up in case a real disaster happens." said volunteer, Ross Rippy

And Rippy is just one of many volunteers that came out to show support today.

"I mean, it's always nice to help. I've done disaster relief before so it's actually enjoyable." said Rippy.

And since natural disasters can happen just about anywhere, the city is making sure that it doesn't take them by surprise....

"We saw some of the things that happened in north Alabama so we thought by doing this type of training we would have some kind of idea of how to handle that sort of situation if it was to happen here." said Rippy.

And to be prepared is half the victory.

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