Dickson County EMA explains how they prepare for bad weather

Dickson County EMA explains how they prepare for bad weather (Image 1)

 It doesn’t happen very often, but Dickson County Emergency Management Agency Director Rob Fisher knows how to prepare for damaging storms.

“We got the radio broadcast this morning from the National Weather Service. That gives us an outline and a brief description of what to expect when, where and how,” said Fisher.

As strong winds got stronger Monday, Fisher watched TV reports for updates on severe weather, but the first place he turns is west to talk with other EMA directors.

“Noticing what the other counties are doing, there’s a quick assessment of what these counties can do as storms come in. So we’ll monitor what they’re putting out,” Fisher said.

Emergency vehicles are gassed up and ready to go, while emergency personnel are on standby.

“It’s hard to start calling folks in just in case some of the departments have already extra men,” Fisher said. “You never want to be blind sided by anything so getting that information out is one of the very first things we try to do.”

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