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114 North Oates Street - Dothan Alabama 36303 | (334) 794-9720 Fax:(334)793-3550


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HURRICANE SEASON 2015
June 1 began the 2015 hurricane season and runs through November 30. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the predictions are a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). The main factor expected to suppress the hurricane season this year is El Nino, which is already affecting wind and pressure patterns, and is forecast to last through the hurricane season said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAAs Climate Prediction Center. El Nino may also intensify as the season progresses, and is expected to have its greatest influence during the peak months of the season. We also expect sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic to be close to normal, whereas warmer waters would have supported storm development. This below normal prediction does not mean that we should be negligent in our awareness or preparedness.
Dothan Houston County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) continues to prepare for storms and/or hurricanes. We are constantly monitoring the weather and staying in contact with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, FL. As we all are aware, it only takes a significant storm to interrupt our daily lives. The recent storm in our area consisted of estimated winds at 70 mph. This resulted in widespread power outages for multiple days and trees falling causing structural damage. Therefore, we need to be prepared and stay prepared for the unexpected.
The time to prepare is NOW! Know your risk for your area. Develop an appropriate disaster safety plan. Your plan should be based on helping to ensure individuals and a familys safety. A disaster safety plan is a comprehensive plan that identifies all of the steps a family needs to take before, during, and after a disaster to ensure maximum personal safety and property protection. A plan should include whether you should evacuate and the evacuees that will be coming to this area. Traffic will be an issue since Houston County is a primary evacuation route for Florida residents.
EMA will follow the predicted route of the storm and issue appropriate notifications, alerts and updates. You can download the Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings document at www.ready.gov/prepare for a summary of available notifications and their meanings. Also, know how to stay informed and receive updates.
A plan needs practice. Practice shelter in place and evacuation options. Practice communication alternatives with family members. First aid skills need practicing so you may sustain an individual until first responders can get to the injured. As you develop your plan, remember the five Ps for making a list of necessities; they are people, prescriptions, papers (important documents), personal needs and priceless items. Store these supplies so they are readily available to grab in a hurry.
Have supplies on hand in the event you lose power and/or water. A list of these supplies can be found at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. Here are some suggestions to consider: flashlight and radio; at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days (water is also needed for food preparation and sanitation); a 3-day supply of non-perishable food; first aid kit, medications, and medical supplies; and battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen, and other assistive technology needs.
The below is a list of EMAs websites you can follow for the latest emergency updates:
Website: http://dothanhoustoncountyema.org/
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dothan-Houston-County-EMA/341033474263
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DHCEMA.
When you visit the EMA website, follow the link to register for CodeRed. This service will send text alerts to a mobile device.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (334)794-9720.

Steve Carlisle,
EMA director
114 No. Oates St.
Dothan, AL 36301
(334)794-9720

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Emergency Management seeks to mitigate the effects of various hazards, to prepare for measures which will preserve life and minimize damage, to respond during emergencies and provide assistance, and to establish a recovery system to return the community to a normal status. EMA carries out policies and responsibilities concerning how to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of war, natural disasters, technological accidents, and other major disrupting incidents.

EMA is funded by local, state, and federal monies. Houston County is exposed to many hazards which have the potential for disrupting the community, causing damage, and creating casualties. Possible natural hazards include, for example, tornadoes, droughts, floods, and winter storms. There is also the threat of a war related disaster such as nuclear attack. Other disaster situations could develop from a hazardous materials accident, fire, transportation accident, civil disorder, or an energy crisis. The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Power Plant is located in Houston County posing a possible threat to the population if an incident occurred involving the release of radioactivity. Specific emergency plans for each hazard is identified and retained in the EMA office.

If you have any questions concerning emergency management in Houston County, please feel free to call our office Monday - Thursday, 7:00-6:00p.m. This office is manned during tornado/hurricane watches and/or warnings.

Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Agency - (334) 677-4834 Fax (334) 793-3550 * 114 North Oates Street, Dothan AL 36303