Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While the tropical season has gotten off to a slow start, things have begun to heat up in recent weeks. It only takes one storm hitting the area to cause a lot of damage. And it doesn't even have to be a hurricane, as we found out last year with Tropical Storm Fay.
When the storm clouds gather, emergency managers take notice. Right now, they're watching Tropical Storm Erica.
"We have to watch it and we have news briefings when the National Weather Service contacts us," said Worth County EMA Director Chief Lyndel Ford.
While we haven't seen any direct effects from tropical storms or hurricanes, we did get a close brush from Tropical Storm Claudette a few weeks ago.
"We had a lot of lightning strikes going on. We had some lightning damage at the 911 Center," said Ford.
Land falling tropical storms can have devastating effects here, not so much from the winds but the rains. A lesson that South Georgians learned back in 1994.
"Up at Lake Blackshear when the dam burst and all the water went toward Albany. But we had a lot of homes in the Warwick area that got flooded also."
But emergency managers want to remind people in our area that hurricane season isn't the only time to be prepared. Back in March, heavy rains caused flooding throughout the area.
"It flooded out a lot of homes in the south end, part of the city. And then a lot of road damage as far as washing culverts out and washing our dirt roads away."
And of course, Worth County gets plenty of other types of severe weather as well. "If it comes through Mitchell County, it looks like it's going to hit us.
With this month being so busy, September has also been declared to be National Emergency Preparedness Month in Georgia. But no matter when the severe weather occurs, Chief Ford says that there are things that you should always have around in case of an emergency.
"Canned supplies and bottled water and blankets. Some flashlights and batteries," Ford said.
It's inevitable that severe weather will occur again. And when it does, you can be sure that emergency managers throughout South Georgia will be working hard to keep you safe.
And Chief Ford also wanted to remind people to get an all hazards radio. They're not too expensive and they could save your life if a storm or other natural disaster hits while you're asleep.