Experts: Now is the time to prepare for potential flooding, severe weather

Experts: Now is the time to prepare for potential flooding, severe weather
Experts warn homeowners to go ahead and prepare for possible storms now.
Dougherty County Emergency Management Specialist Jenna Chang (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Emergency Management Specialist Jenna Chang (Source: WALB)
With the potential for severe weather over the weekend, those at the Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency want families to be prepared for potential flooding. (Source: WALB)
With the potential for severe weather over the weekend, those at the Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency want families to be prepared for potential flooding. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you don't have an emergency severe weather plan for your home and family already, experts say now is a good time to make one.

"Make sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do," said Dougherty County Emergency Management Specialist Jenna Chang.

With the potential for severe weather over the weekend, those at the Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency want families to be prepared for potential flooding.

"You should have your family's emergency plan put together. Make sure you and your family know where the safest place in your home is in case of severe weather," said Chang.

There are a number of things families can do to prepare.

"Make sure you have medications on hand so that if the community's impacted you're still able to function," explained Chang.

Chang recommends that you go ahead and make copies of any important documents as well.

"That's an awesome idea. I didn't think about that as well, but during that time that's probably the last thing you're thinking about," said homeowner Eunice Bowden.

Chang also warned people to go ahead and bring in anything they own that's outside now before wind and rain pick up later.

"If it's not bolted down, it needs to be brought inside. What you want to do is minimize the amount of things outside your home that could become debris and the amount of things that could be moved by the storm either into your home or your neighbor's home," said Chang.

At least one homeowner isn't ready for potential storms.

"The only thing I have is a band-aid kit," said Simmie Jackson, another homeowner.

But Jackson said he would prepare for potential flooding.

"Yes, I would. Make sure I've got plenty of band-aids in there, too," said Jackson.

Chang said even if there isn't severe weather this weekend, now is the time to go ahead and make an emergency plan and practice it.

But if there is severe flooding this weekend or next week, the Dougherty County Emergency Management  Agency will work with different agencies to provide shelter for those impacted by the storms.

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