When this storm hits our hometowns, we will lean heavily on local emergency crews in case there's damage or other problems. At fire station #6 in Roanoke, firefighters say a hurricane presents special challenges.
While they're always prepared, during severe weather special equipment like a paddle raft and power boat may be needed for swift water rescues. We spoke with Captain Alan Austin of the Roanoke Roanoke Fire-EMS Department. “People get trapped in their cars trying to cross water covered roads,” he said.
During a hurricane, coordinating staff members is a top priority since other calls unrelated to the storm must be handled as well. And, unlike typical daily calls, other agencies may need to assist. Preparing for a hurricane means you have to be ready for anything and anywhere.
“The hurricane preps is going to be a much wider area versus a localized event it's going to be a multi-point event,” said Captain Austin. Firefighters are very meticulous when it comes to keeping their equipment ready so they can respond with little or no notice. That's especially important right now as we wait to see just how strong the winds of change become.