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Be Prepared In Severe Weather

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We want you to be ready for severe weather wherever you may be over the next 24 hours.

One place many of you might be, is in the car.

In a flash flood situation you want to avoid roadways that are narrow and low.

 Lewisburg Chief of Police Tim Stover said, "If you absolutely don't have to go out, I would stay home. Secondly, if it's raining really hard and visibility is low, I would pull over until it subsides a little bit."

 Greenbrier County Emergency Management Paula Brown said, "The biggest thing is to stay alert and stay informed. If you sign up for our wireless alert systems that'll go right to your phone and it'll go to your email."

You can sign up for the mobile alerts by visiting your county's web site and start getting updates immediately.

In Greenbrier county, there are certain areas that will be dangerous should a flood occur.

Stover said, "Here in the county, there are some out on the west end near Shavers Fork area there, Caldwell, the bridge at Caldwell gets flooded quite frequently when it rains like that."

Driving very slowly is also the best way to prevent yourself from hydroplaning on wet roads.

Brown said, "It could be messy. The biggest alert when we have flash flooding is don't drive through flooded roadways. Play it safe."

In any severe weather situation, you should be prepared at all times to support your family for 72 hours.

As a part of the National Preparedness Month...a series of meetings are being held in Greenbrier County.

Here is a list of the upcoming meetings and their locations.

Rainelle City Hall - Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

Ronceverte City Hall - Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

Lewisburg City Hall - Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

Rupert Community Building - Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.

Alderson City Hall - Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

The goal is to make sure the public is ready in case of a disaster like the wind storm that left thousands without power in June.