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South Health District discusses emergency preparedness

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Public health officials are worried that this hurricane season could be a dangerous one.

On Thursday, 40 health officials gathered at the South Health District's Emergency Operations Center in Valdosta to discuss what they'd do if a disaster occurred.

Public health is in charge of providing nurses to shelters.

During an emergency, they'd make sure they could find medications people may need.

They also discussed problems that may occur if hurricanes push leaking oil closer to our area.

"If the hurricane season came in this area and brought oil, what would the health risks be," questioned Al Goosby, South Health District Training Coordinator. "How would we address that, how would we address the public?"

Close to 60 people working closely with the oil leak have already been hospitalized from flu like symptoms.


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