Thursday’s tornado touchdown and damage in Pensacola brought back memories for some Wiregrass emergency responders.
Coffee County Emergency Management officials say the deadly March tornado in Enterprise has raised the weather consciousness.
If anything positive could come out of the deadly March 1st tornado in Enterprise, Coffee County Emergency Management Director, John Tallas, says it's a passion for preparation.
Tallas says no home or business should be without a weather radio. "They cost anywhere from $19 to $100 dollars. They are a lifesaver. I also recommend that you get one with am/fm capabilities."
Thursday’s tornado weather in Pensacola was the topic of conversation at the Elba Senior Citizen's Center. Folks there realize the fury and tragedy such a storm can bring.
James Chandler said, "We heard it in Pensacola. We got concerned. Often those storms go from that direction to here."
Edna Stinson said, "And they prepare us, we do drills even; learn what to do in the event of bad weather."
Elba went through three devastating floods in the 1990's. Folks here get real concerned when they hear of bad weather.
Director of the Elba Senior Citizen's Center Louise Hornsby said, "Yes, we hear a weather bulletin, we have a protocol on what we need to do to stay safe."
EMA Director Tallas says he uses a portion of his budget to buy weather radios for senior centers and schools.
Nearly all EMA offices across the tri-states will assist those who have trouble programming their weather radio.