Command center prepares for Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

Command center prepares for Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We're counting down to Savannah's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon.

The race begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, but for the people who make the event possible, their day is starting in just a few hours.

If you head out to the marathon Saturday morning, you'll see police and other personnel who make the event possible on the streets. But the "brain" of the whole operation is located in the city's Emergency Operations Center.

"A lot of the race is coordinated from here, as a matter of fact the majority of it is coordinated here, but the personnel here are also here in case something does go wrong," said Savannah Emergency Management Director Dan Stowers.

That includes personnel from Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol, and Fire and EMS crews.

"And we don't anticipate any problems, but like any big event in a city of this size, we're prepared for the worst and hope for the best," said Stowers.

SCMPD will also be updating an interactive map on their website to update you on road closures.

"What we'll be doing from the command center is changing those roadways from green, on the map, to red. And when they're red that denotes that there's a road closure," said Sgt. Eddie Grant, SCMPD.

The crews will arrive at the command center around 3 a.m. to start preparing. But it's not just public safety officials who will be here. The coordinators of the race are stationed in the command center as well.

"If there's any issues that they're having, if there's questions, if there's problems on the route, we can solve them immediately here in a quick face-to-face coordination versus 15-minutes' worth of phone calls and radio traffic. A lot of issues are resolved here before they even become problems," said Stowers.

Of course, they can't control the weather and that could be a factor going into Saturday, with fog expected in the morning and high temperatures later in the day.

"We have not had record temperatures like this in November in Savannah, so it's going to be a first for us here hosting the marathon. Although we want to see the sunshine after all the rain we've got, we don't want to see those record temperatures come too early before everyone gets off the course," said Stowers.

Another tip WTOC was told Friday, if you're taking your children downtown to watch the race, police say take photos of them beforehand. If they get lost, police can use those photos to help find your children quickly.

There will also be medical stations along the route where lost children and parents can be reunited.

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