What would you do in an emergency situation?
by Alan Reed
Nov 14, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At a recent meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Latham said that recent tornados could have devastated the community if they touched down in a populated area. The Cadiz Record asked several local officials about disaster response capabilities.

County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries said, “We’ll utilize all assets we have available, whatever the situation might be. We’ve made some new plans in the past few months and added a landline and Internet capability to the Rescue Squad headquarters. That will help with our ability to communicate and to assess the situation. We can make a decision if we can handle the situation locally or call for help from outside the area.”

The City of Cadiz has been awarded a $10,000 grant to have an early warning system from storms from the Pennyrile Area Development District, according to Humphries. “It will give warning to a percentage of residents within the city limits, and we have plans in place to deal with unforeseen situations. Right now it is the Grace of God that has given us safety. Weather radios and the storm detection network can give warning when damaging weather approaches.”

Trigg County Emergency Coordinator Randy Wade said, “Weather alert radios are a reliable source for warnings. I’ve preached and preached and preached for all residents in the community to get one. I’m even willing to help program the radios to be county specific, and include areas to the south and west. This provides more warning than just Trigg County alone.”

Wade added that all emergency personnel in the county would receive a page from the 911 Dispatch warning of severe weather or other emergency situations in the area. As an additional source of weather information, Wade said that volunteers in the community have been trained to serve as storm spotters, reporting their observances to emergency personnel.

Read about the county's emergency plans in this week's Cadiz Record.
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