People in Covington County Prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac
With Isaac currently on track to affect Alabama next week, Covington County officials are keeping an eye on the skies. They're not waiting... but are taking action now.
"I don't know what it's fixing to do here... I've been trying to figure out where we're going to be at..." Said Covington County Chief Deputy, David Anderson, as he observes a storm tracker on his computer.
As Hurricane Isaac makes its way to the Gulf, Covington County is gearing up for the storm. And the Sherriff's Office is planning on taking action.
"We will call in all necessary resources that's available for us. We'll start staging our officers in strategic places based on our hurricane evacuation plan. And we'll do whatever it takes to make sure the citizens of Covington County are safe," Said Anderson, as he described what will happen if Isaac hits Alabama.
Covington County deputies aren't the only ones keeping an eye on the tropics. Emergency Management Agency Director, Susan Harris, says her main concern is wind and flooding.
"If it is a category one, possibly a two at max, we could have a lot of rain in that system. Of course, a lot of flooding. Covington County has seen its past histories of flooding, so we know we have issues with that, so we just need to be prepared."
Red Cross officials say residents should be proactive incase disaster breaks. They recommend packing a "to-go" first aid kit to stash in the car, in addition to a change of clothes, canned food and any medications. They say there are plans on opening shelters in the county if Isaac makes landfall.
"The EMA would declare an emergency, ask us to open the shelters, we would open the shelters [and] broadcast the fact that the shelters are available for people who need them," Said the executive director of the South-Central Alabama Red Cross, Don Johnson.
The message Covington County officials are trying to relay right now is residents need to be on guard. They say to prepare -- but don't panic.
The Red Cross says it's started putting volunteers on stand-by. Officals are asking you to check out the "American Red Cross Hurricane" App, which provides all the information you need to get ready for the storm.