Amid cold snap, DeKalb County EMA works to better prepare for severe weather

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DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) -- We're dealing with the cold now, and so are emergency management officials. While they're working on this event though, DeKalb County's agency is also in the middle of preparing for severe storms.

The DeKalb County EMA is working on improvements to better handle severe weather situations. "One of our goals is to really work on our preparedness," EMA director Anthony Clifton says, "Our relationship between the first responders and the public."

Clifton says they're working to make sure all businesses, homes, and schools are better prepared for any kind of severe weather. That involves even better communication between officials and the county. "We believe one of the big things that we can do to improve everything is try to communicate to the public if they are prepared it really makes our job a whole lot easier," Clifton says.

In the storms we saw last year, EMA officials say they felt the county responded well during the events, but want to improve on the recovery. "Not that we weren't able to help folks then, I just would like to do it quicker," Clifton says, "I would like to be able to get them the help they need in a faster more efficient manner."

Clifton says they're also working with the many volunteers involved during a severe weather event, to coordinate expectations before it happens.

Officials says the agency is doing well, but the goal is to be able to help the county even better and faster. "That's our goal, is try to be so that the public can get their needs met as quickly as we can," Clifton says.

Recently the county implemented an alert system that notifies residents about an approaching storm or situation. You can get Alert DeKalb by following this link.

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