Emergency Management Agency Prepared for Floods

Before rain falls Emergency Management Agency officials for Dothan and Houston county are prepared to deal with any potential flooding areas in a timely manner.
They are already familiar with flood prone areas.

The wiregrass has dealt with flooding before, so at the Dothan and Houston County Emergency Management Agency, they are watching the flood zones closely, just in case they need to make a trip, but first things first.

"Well the main thing is, we want to make the public aware of areas that are flooded, and we would put that information out as quickly as possible," says Steve Carlisle.

Information that could keep your family out of harms way.
The emergency management agency works diligently to ensure residents are safe, always equipped with a plan.

"If we were to have some flooding areas and we needed to get evacuate some people out of there that would be trapped inside, we would tell them which roads are open and we would utilize those areas for evacuation if we had to," says Steve Carlisle.

The agency also makes daily check ups on nearby rivers.

“We check these, plus we get out, we do observation on the river we'll ride over to Columbia and some of the other areas, and just check to see what it's looking like," says Steve Carlisle.

But before the agency checks the local rivers and flood-prone areas, there are things you can do first before you are stranded in flood waters.

And if there is a blocked road?

"Not to go around those road blocks, the last time we had flooding events, we had some people that were injured, and we had some fatalities, due to people going around those road blocks, because the roads were washed out," says Steve Carlisle.

One simple rule to remember, turn around, don't drown, find another way around.
According to the national weather service, more people die each year in flash flooding than from lightning, tornadoes, or hurricanes.

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