EMA directors prepare for possible severe weather
JACKSON, Tenn. — With the threat of severe weather on the horizon, local emergency management agency directors are on standby.
Jackson-Madison County EMA Director Marty Clements kept an eye on the weather Tuesday as the agency prepared for possible severe storms on Wednesday.
“We charge up all the batteries to our radios,” Clements said. “We make sure that all of our generators are running.”
Clements said they will fill up all the vehicles, check the tires and make sure trailers are ready to go. He said they also talked to first responders including law enforcement and the fire department.
“We make sure they’re ready to coordinate and send people out here to go through the operations,” Clements said.
Gibson County EMA Director Rickey Graves is also watching the weather. “Very unstable,” he said. “Not sure what it’s going to do just yet.”
Graves encouraged people to keep weather radios handy. If you plan to travel Wednesday and severe weather strikes, Graves said get indoors. “Your automobile is not a safe place to be during a storm,” he said.
Clements encouraged people to delay their shopping during severe weather. “Don’t expect them to have a good place for you to go because most of these buildings are large, open areas,” he said.
Graves said they plan to keep people updated on their Facebook page.