Cold, cold weather — and a continued learning experience for EMA officials

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Emergency management officials have been standing by to help us if something happens during this cold weather. In DeKalb County, they are learning what they can do even better.

The DeKalb County EMA is turning this cold snap into a learning experience. "We try to learn from what went wrong, what went right, and repeat the good stuff and change the bad stuff," EMA director Anthony Clifton says.

Clifton says each weather event affords for more opportunities for improvements, and to see what's going right. After each weather event Clifton says all of the entities and agencies involved get together for a discussion. Last year's ice and snow provided the EMA opportunity for some changes.

One thing they did differently this time around, was prepare even earlier in the week. "Started talking with the school system about their delays, started talking about transportation, started talking about fuel needs," Clifton says.

Another improvement is to facilitate even better communication between responders in the county.

Officials say after this weather event is over, they'll see what works, and what can be even more improved."That's kind of emergency management is all about," Clifton says, "Working together so that we don't repeat the same mistakes and we have more successes in the future."

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