Emergency Management - Oct. 2, 2015
With high winds and heavy rains expected this weekend, city and county emergency response personnel met at 9 a.m. Friday morning to coordinate their plans to respond to any storm-related emergencies this weekend.
Among the steps being taken by city departments:
The Streets Division has put crews on two 12-hours shifts and will be running their snow routes, removing debris from clogged storm drains and responding to calls for blocked streets, inoperable traffic signals and other storm water issues. The department has pre-positioned road barricades in those areas that have been prone to flooding during previous storms.
Vegetation Management will have additional crews on standby over the weekend to clear streets that may be blocked by downed trees.
CityLink 311 will be staffed 24 hours a day today through the end of its normal hours on Monday to handle calls for service.
The Fire Department has added extra staffing to its Rescue Unit and has personnel at all stations on standby to assist with reports of downed power lines. All fire companies have been issued chain saws in case they need to clear a downed tree to reach a call for service.
Emergency Management is monitoring the storm with state emergency-management officials and has set up the Emergency Operations Center in the event that it needs to be activated.
The Recreation Department is on standby in case a recreation center has to be used as an emergency shelter.
The Police Department is prepared to assist with power outages at signalized intersections, direct traffic away from downed power lines and provide other assistance as needed. Any personnel committed to assist with the Dixie Classic Fair will be redeployed if the fair operating hours are curtailed.