Hurricane Florence is approaching the east coast and Mercer County emergency services are busy planning for the worst-case scenario.
In a briefing Wednesday afternoon, first responders covered all of their bases and made sure they had plans in place for water rescues, shelters, loss of power and more. Even with all hands on deck, first responders have their work cut out for them if things take a turn for the worst.
Mercer County Emergency Services Coordinator, Tim Farley, said they are counting on locals to make smart decisions for their own safety.
“They should know that they live in a flood zone,” Farley said. “The first thing they should do is make a decision if they’re going to stay because they know it’s going to flood, and once it starts flooding they may not get any help because rescuers can’t get to them.”
Police, fire, EMS, hospitals, and other agencies were represented at the meeting. The Mercer County 911 Center is in contact with the National Weather Service and will hold another briefing for first responders Friday at 10 a.m.