Preparing For The Unpredictable

Jonesboro, AR -- "Be aware, be aware of what's going on around you. Watch the weather--watch KAIT--if you have to get in your car and go somewhere watch the weather before you go," said David Moore.

David Moore is the Office of Emergency Services Coordinator for Craighead County.

We all know the weather can be unpredictable and at times even deadly.....and while there are safe havens from a storm....

"....go to the center of the house, don't stay in a mobile home, don't stay in a car, get in a solid structure and put as many walls as possible between you and the outside," said Moore

....we can't control the weather.

We can though, have a plan in place to react efficiently if severe weather hits and seconds count.

Preparing for those precious seconds after a disaster is a key part of Craighead County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator David Moore's job.  

"We have to be able to communicate with our responders and that would include the storm spotter.  If we have damage, communicating with the damage assessment teams," said Moore.

Moore says on a day like Wednesday when the skies appear ominous--communication is key with everyone from storm spotters to fire officials.

He checks conditions across the state and region to see what the storm left behind and what the storm still has in store.

"We do that on a weekly basis all through the year.  We keep that communication going with these people so they are not somebody new to talk to when something happens.  They know what's going on," said Moore.