Residents encouraged to prep emergency kits 'just in case' for TS Hermine

Residents encouraged to prep emergency kits 'just in case' for TS Hermine

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Emergency management agencies throughout our coverage area are preparing Wednesday night for Tropical Storm Hermine, and they want you and your family to do the same.

Strong wind and lots of rain can present a number of issues that can put you at risk if you're not ready.

"Throughout the year we always encourage citizens to have an emergency kit. It's not because of this storm, it's something that you should have all the time. So take the products of an emergency kit, put them together, put them in a box and put them in your closet," said CEMA Director Dennis Jones.

That kit needs to at least include food, water, a battery-operated radio and medicines in the event that strong winds and flooding make it impossible for you and your family to leave for any length of time.

From flooding to the power going out, there are many ways a storm can affect you and your family, and the environment around your home.

Tropical systems moving through our area earlier in the season reminded us how susceptible our surroundings are to damage, especially trees and other vegetation.

Chief Meteorologist John Wetherbee explains how storms like the one we're expecting can topple even seemingly sturdy trees.

"Anytime we get real heavy rain the ground will become soaked and it can't hold those horizontal roots anymore. Then all you need is just a little bit of wind. We're going to have a lot of wind, tropical storm-force winds in a lot of places. That's going to be a real problem," said Weatherbee.

In Savannah, the city is preparing for the storm. Fleet vehicles are on standby, including Jet Vac trucks, which can clear blockages in stormwater drains.

Friday, crews checked and cleared the areas prone to flooding.

If you run into any drainage issues, you can call 311 to file a service request.

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