Emergency management agencies meet ahead of the storm
Whenever severe weather approaches the Tennessee Valley, agencies from across the region meet in this room to come up with a plan to protect the community.
Well before the rain even started, dozens of people filled a room at the Emergency Operations Center.
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"We have swift water rescue, we have water rescue, we have the American Red Cross – just about any responding agency is here," said Chris Adams.
Adams is the Director of Emergency Management for Hamilton County, he said they are taking this severe rain event seriously and taking a proactive approach to protect people and property.
"The worst thing we can do is sit back and act like nothing is going to happen and try and be reactive, and we're not going to be reactive, we're going to be proactive," Adams said.
You may remember last September a woman died in Soddy Daisy from flash flooding. Adams said the same threat could affect some communities this week.
Agencies were briefed from the National Weather Service and are watching the radar closely. They also discuss a list of past flood events and talked about known trouble spots and how they will respond.
Several water rescue experts were called in to give their expertise in the meeting and made a list of everyone who is trained and every boat available.
"If there is a flash flood situation, we want people that are specialized in that to be available, we want to know all the resources available," Adams explained.
Even agencies like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army attended the meeting to offer their assistance if relief efforts are needed.
"We have the flood clean-up kits located throughout the city already and we have a mobile kitchen we can mobilize right away," said Mark Smith, Area Commander of the Salvation Army.
With a diverse region, severe weather can affect communities differently. It's why Adams said it's important to have all the key players in one room and work together.
"How much water is going to fall we don't know, we're going to plan for the worst and hope for the best," he said.
Officials cannot reiterate it enough, if you do not have to drive, they ask they ask that you stay off the roads. If you do drive, pay attention to road closings and never drive through standing water, as they say, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."