Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY, FL (WMBB– With the hurricane season just weeks away, hurricane preparedness training was held Tuesday at the Emergency Operations Center for Bay County officials.
Members of different government agencies came together to simulate a hurricane response plan to prepare for the next potential disaster in the region.
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said he and his department owe it to citizens to practice working with other local agencies to be prepared for whatever comes our way.
“From our perspective, it’s important that we continue to hone our skills on this and be prepared to respond to whatever lies ahead,” Sheriff Ford said. “It gives us the ability to sit down and think about it when we’re not under pressure from a storm hitting, and it just makes us better when we need to respond to the event.”
They also tested their incident command post, where officials can communicate with other entities when cell carriers are down.
Bay County Emergency Services Chief Brad Monroe said agencies that participated in Tuesday’s event included military personnel, police and fire departments, the Red Cross, hospitals and other health care agencies and the Chamber of Commerce.
He also said that these agencies would be the ones to react in the event of a real disaster.
“We learned things from Hurricane Michael that we are now applying to how we operate here and what we recommend to the general public,” said Monroe.
Bay County Commissioner Tommy Hamm said exercising the plans as a group felt like a sense of normalcy.
“He’s training for the game,” Hamm said. “They claim a Category 2 store is going through… So they go through the simulated procedures for evacuating low areas and anticipating floods and events of that nature, like typical hurricane scenarios. “
Sheriff Ford also said citizens should start thinking about their own hurricane preparedness plans as the hurricane season officially begins on June 1.
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