704-694-9332 or 704-694-5342
Rodney Diggs - Emergency Services Director
Disasters are our business. The Anson County Emergency Management Office deals with disasters, both big and small. From wood fires to a major storm impacting our county, the Emergency Management office prepares to fit the disaster.
For information about speakers for your meeting or about disaster preparedness, please contact our office at 704-694-9332 and the Fax to 704-694-5654.
Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, acts of terrorism or other man-made and natural calamities are a fact of life. Emergencies happen every year and take their toll on individuals, families, and businesses. Millions of dollars and untold numbers of lives are lost to disasters of every scale, but you can limit the amount of injuries and damage sustained by you and your organization (be it family unit or business) and return to normal quicker if you take time to plan.
Planning for emergencies is not an unfamiliar process to most people. The majority of individuals already have in place fire evacuation plans for home and business. Smoke detectors are in a large number of homes throughout the United States. Children at an early age in school are given instructions on what to do in the event of a fire or earthquake, or tornado. Drills are all part of the learning and training process. As we get older, it seems that many of these same safeguards and exercises are discounted as a waste of time or as unnecessary. During an emergency is not the time to wonder what you should have done to make your environment safer and a little more habitable.
“Be prepared” is not just a good motto. In severe weather, it could save your life. When winter storms strike, stay at home unless you absolutely have to drive. Prepare alternate heating sources (fireplaces, wood stoves and kerosene or propane heaters) for use if needed, and stock with emergency supplies such as water, food, flashlights, and a battery powered radio and spare batteries. You should prepare for 72 hours on your own.