EMA: Wiregrass could be better prepared for emergency

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DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) We need a plan, that's what officials at the Houston County EMA say.

Director Chris Judah says, "School shootings in Florida, wildfires in California, horrible weather in Florida and Texas, let me tell you, it is coming here. It's not a matter of if but when."

And when it comes, they want to be ready.

The EMA has four main jobs: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

"Emergency management, when something happens we have to get a handle on it."

Judah says they have plans in place for active shooter situations or weather disasters but they can always improve and the main thing, making sure everyone involved knows the plan.

He says,
"We want to work together so that we respond rather than react."

And that, he says it crucial.

"You don’t have time to react, you need to respond, I need to know what you're thinking so we are on the same page because we train together and we work together."

All this, in hopes to make sure everyone in the county stays safe.

"We have over 100,000 people here. tons of people travel through here, we have to be ready."

Judah hopes to have several more meetings in coming months.

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