Houston County Officials Prepare for Fay

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

Houston County Emergency officials are preparing to handle the possible flooding Fay may bring to the Wiregrass.

An EMA meeting was held on Wednesday to bring all emergency agencies together to get on the same page as the storm approaches.

The main message presented at Wednesday’s meeting was "Wait."

Officials are holding off on making any final calls about school cancellations, emergency action plans and response initiatives until Fay’s track can be better determined.

Director Clark Matthews with the Houston Co. EMA said, "This storm has a history of not following projected patters; so, stay tuned to local media."

Tropical Storm Fay's unpredictability is causing emergency officials strife.

As they attempt to put together an incident action plan, it’s clear they're depending on Fay for one thing.

Matthews said, "There's only one thing guaranteed with this storm and that is it is going to change."

Emergency officials are pooling their efforts to keep Wiregrass residents safe.

Matthews said, "When we get into a bad situation with the storms, these people partner together to take care of any emergencies. If we all communicate, tomorrow we’ll start planning meetings and put out an incident action plan.”

National Weather Service officials say schools in the Wiregrass should not be affected Friday, but school officials are planning to handle possible flooding issues as they present themselves.

Superintendent of Dothan City Schools Sam Nichols said, "We'll wait until we know what the road conditions are. We'll make that decision and let parents know through the school C.A.S.T. program on Sunday."

Until then, Tropical Storm Fay has made this process a waiting game for both residents and emergency officials.

Just a reminder; now would be a good time to get those emergency kits together for your home.

That should consist of water, batteries and non perishable foods.

While it looks like the brunt of the storm is going to miss us, there is a chance some areas may lose power and travel may be dangerous if flooding does occur.

Officials from all emergency preparedness offices in Houston County are meeting Thursday to update their plans.

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