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Hundreds of people across the country are hurt or killed by severe weather each year.

But even more dangerous than the storm itself are the hidden dangers and the days following the storm when people are trying to clean up the mess left behind.

Experience shows us that many people will drive around barricades or roadblocks trying to return to their homes.

With downed trees and flooding, that can be a hazardous and even deadly maneuver.

You can’t see what’s under the murky waters… often the road may have been washed out.

Also keep in mind there will likely be communication problems or no cell phone service at all.

In the past few years, Alabama's emergency management agency has worked to become one of the leading response states in the country.

Houston county alone has 4-response units which can communicate by satellite, telephone, radio and internet in any emergency.

Also Dothan’s Fire Department has a "heavy rescue and hazardous materials truck", and the Houston County Sheriff's Department has several "search and rescue" vehicles.

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