Flooding can devastated lives in any area. That’s when people rely on emergency management the most. Once the National Weather Service in Charleston holds their weather briefing calls with all emergency management, each county creates their own plan.
“we round up all of our county partners and entities and we put our plan in play. When we first heard about the storm system coming in over the next couple of days, we went ahead and started staging equipment to where it needed to be staged, ” Kevin Walker, Director of Fayette County Emergency Management, said.
Most flooding deaths occur when someone tries to drive through flood water.
“The biggest thing is our current motto that we use, it’s the national motto Turn Around, Don’t Drown. The biggest things that we see is people wanting to be brave and hey we can drive through the flood water, don’t do it. It risks your live, it risks the first responders lives, ” Kevin Walker, Director of Fayette County Emergency Management, said.
When small creeks and streams are forecasted to rise, it’s important that you know make sure you know if you live in a flood prone area.
“and those that live besides low-lying areas or creeks,streams, or beds, always keep a watch out. If you start seeing it rise, take action and leave the area, ” Kevin Walker, Director of Fayette County Emergency Management, said.
No matter rain or snow, being prepared is the best way to stay safe.
“Preparedness is the biggest part to make sure you have what you need to get you through any kind of event. If you decide to stay in your home, and we can’t get to you, you need to make sure you can have yourself sustained for the first 72 hours of an event, ” Kevin Walker, Director of Fayette County Emergency Management, said.
If you come across a flooded roadway, you should never drive through the flood water because you do not know how deep it is or what’s in it.
Turn Around , Don’t Drown.