Local EMA gearing up for snowfall late Monday, early Tuesday

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LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - The Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency will be working around the clock while snow is expected to impact our area.

“We’ll be coordinating with schools, and power companies, and local businesses, and things like that through spreadsheets that’s shared on Google drive so they can see live time of closings, road conditions, and things like that and make the best decision possible for students, and employees,” says LEMA director John Williamson.

Williamson says that the timing of the snow is one of the agency’s biggest concerns.

“Our biggest concern is, with the time frame that the National Weather Service has given us is that we’ll see our area impacted shortly before daybreak with harsh conditions and that will create some havoc when people get out to try to travel to work,” Williamson explains.

Williamson urges motorists to use extra caution if they have to drive in the inclement weather.

“And if you do have to travel, at least keep some kind of emergency kit inside your vehicle,” says Williamson. “This may include some kind of reflectors, flashlights, blankets, things like that, so if you do have an issue, you can be prepared for it.”

LEMA will be keeping county residents updated throughout the winter weather event through social media. Their Facebook page is ‘Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency.’

“Just be aware of the situation around you,” Williamson says. “No matter what the threat is, situational awareness is the key to being safe.”