What should you do at campgrounds if there's a severe weather threat?

What should you do at campgrounds if there's a severe weather threat?
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(WAFF) - Many families across the Tennessee Valley may be gearing up for summer trips and right now, campgrounds are packed!

With the possibility of some severe storms on the horizon, there's some information that will help protect you and your family when you're on vacation.

At Point Mallard Park's campground, there are more than 230 camp sites and this time of year, it stays busy so the staff monitors the weather nonstop.

"In the event that we were to have any severe weather that would cause any flooding, we monitor TVA's main website and they give us numbers accordingly. As we take that into account, at that point in time, we monitor the areas that might have flooding. We let our campers know and evacuate accordingly," said Nicole Belcher, the marketing director for Point Mallard Park.

As campers check in to the main camp house, they're given information that shows them where they're located on the map.

"We have shelters located in sections A,B and C and we show them which is located closest to their location so if they need to evacuate their camper, they'll know exactly where to go. We also have some of our hosts that will take on certain sections so we make sure everyone out here is notified," Belcher explained.

At Ditto Landing, there's a system in place to protect guests if nasty weather comes into play.

"With campers and with boaters, we're certainly concerned about high winds, hail, any of those things that can be damaging and also being in such close proximity to the river, we're always watching for extra water. We have Coast Guard Auxiliary and we have access to radio communication. We rely a lot on Marine Police and we have a marine police officer that's stationed out of Ditto Landing so that has helped tremendously as well," said Brandi Quick, executive director of Ditto Landing.

There are warning sirens on the property to let visitors know if there's a problem.

"We also talk to them about different locations they can go, different safe places so we'll provide them with a list. We also have overnight security to be able to communicate with them should it be an eminent danger," Quick stated.

Emergency management officials say each family should have a plan in place if dangerous weather strikes during their getaway.

"Develop of that plan of action. Know what the particular hazards are, and what you individually are going to do if something happens. Be aware of your surroundings and where possible flooding situations may occur," said Jeff Birdwell, director of the Huntsville-Madison County EMA.

"Talk to the campground staff. Make yourself aware of any plans or evacuation routes that they may have. There are also several apps out there that are specific to the region where you traveled so you can get weather alerts," he added.

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