HURRICANE SAFETY: Preparing ahead of the storms

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Hurricane Michael brought widespread destruction to the Wiregrass last year, and following that storm’s damage, some are ready to expect anything from this hurricane season.

“Well Michael was a devastation for a lot of folks, and it came upon us really quickly,” said Chris Judah, Dothan-Houston County EMA director.

This hurricane season has already brought us five named storms in the Atlantic basin, and with the peak of hurricane season upon us, it’s never to early to start preparing.

“The best tool that you can have is a plan,” Judah said.

Local home improvement stores make sure that they are fully stocked with supplies.

“Well, we’re trying to make sure that we have enough supplies after the fiasco last year,” said Tom Ogden, Home Depot employee. “It was very busy. People were coming from far distances. That surprised us even.”

The Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Agency said they are also doing their part by communicating accordingly when needed.

“What we do is we like to plan at least 96 hours out, we’re always monitoring the weather,” Judah said. “We make sure that all the people that would occupy our emergency management center are well-informed with what’s going on, and if we have to activate, we are ready to do that.”

While the community does their preps, you can make yours at home.

Make an emergency preparedness kit with simple items like flashlights, batteries, weather radios, extension cords and bottled water.

Non-perishable food items are great to have on hand as well.

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