Hill Country Network spoke with Union County Emergency Management Director Curt Clayton Friday early afternoon about preparations being made for Union County and our surrounding area.
“We are following the National Weather Service storm center, and right now, they are predicting long-track tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail in our area,” stated Clayton. “We are on alert now with an activation level of 3 out of 5, which is the medium range.” This will go higher as the bad weather moves into our area.
He stated that the New Albany and all county fire departments, Sheriff’s Office, and City Police Office have been put on stand by along with the Mississippi Homeland Security Task Force. When asked what the duties of the task force where, Clayton stated that they help with rescues, from collapsed homes, water rescue, rope rescue, whatever is needed, they can help the fire departments and other emergency personnel.
The National Weather Service is predicting that the storms will start moving into our area in the daytime. “This is good and bad”, Clayton stated. “You can see what is coming, but the daytime is the warmest part of the day which makes for unstable weather. They are expecting this storm to be one of the worst we’ve seen in years.”
He stressed that everyone needs to prepare now. He suggested the following be done today, but especially before the weather starts turning bad Sunday.
1.Make sure you are prepared by making a plan with your family. Do this together so that everyone knows the plan. Write it down or text it to each other. Know ahead of time what you are going to do, where you are gong to go when the weather gets bad and what to do if you get separated.
2. Prepare the area where you and your family are going to take shelter. Take blankets, pillows, non-perishable food, water, flashlights with extra batteries, bowls and food for any animals you are taking there with you, make sure everything is charged and if you have battery blocks, charge them also. If you have a radio, take it because the internet may go down.
3.Take your medication with you and make a list of all your medication and put in a water proof bag, this could save your life!
4. If you have generators, make sure you have plenty of gas for them.
Clayton stressed that we all need to stay aware of what is going on around us, to take cover when advised to and most of all, Get Prepared Now