Local Emergency Responders Brace for Tropical Storm Isaac

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Dothan and Houston County Emergency Management officials were briefed Thursday on the possible impact of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Even though Tropical Storm Isaac's path is unclear, county and city emergency responders are playing it smart.

"We've already pulled out our severe weather and hurricane plans and been going over those here in the office," said Houston County EMA Steve Carlisle.

One of their current focuses is identifying people in the county with special needs.

"People that are bed ridden, that have to have medical attention and hospice," explained Carlisle.

Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams says communication is already underway between his department and other groups within the city.
He's also making sure staff and rescue equipment are up and running.

"Make sure we got enough fuel, make sure generators working, make sure chainsaws operating, make sure all firefighters understand they're all subject to recall," added Chief Williams.

EMA Director Clark Matthews says right now he's expecting heavy rain and strong winds.

"By Sunday i think we'll have a better idea of what we're going to be facing and hazards," explained Matthews.

But until Isaac's path is clear all emergency officials are warning residents not to wait until the last minute to prepare.

"Check your disasters kits and start making preparations for the storm when it gets here," said Carlisle.

"Be prepared to with-stand this storm whether it comes or not," added Chief Williams.

Officials say residents can rest assure they're doing their part to keep everyone safe and they want you to do the same.

The city of Dothan is also planning to open shelters if necessary.

There will be several webinars until Isaac makes landfall.

The next is set for Friday evening.

You can stay-up-to-date on Tropical Storm Isaac.
Click the weather tab and select "Hurricane Center."

There you can download a tracking map and get plenty of other important information.

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