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Earl's threat mostly along coast, but EMA remains vigilant

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  While Earl is no threat to South Georgia, emergency officials aren't letting their guard down.

Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught says the local emergency management agency has been tracking each hurricane we've seen this year as soon as they come off the African coast. With Hurricane Earl it appears Albany's impact may come more if Marine evacuees are sent to southwest Georgia or in the way of sharing equipment through GEMA with others along the Atlantic coast, but volunteers remain ready.

"We're actually a designated evacuation site for the panhandle (of Florida) our Civic Center and we could take overflow from the east coast should that be required. People could be coming out of the Savannah area. It appears that it's more of an Atlantic event this time, but that's something that we train for, something that we prepare for," said Jim Vaught, EMA Deputy Director.

For a second day, local police, fire fighters, public works, code enforcement, and Marines received National Incident Management Training in the event of dealing with a natural disaster. Vaught says there's still plenty of time left in the hurricane season that Albany may seem some kind of storm impact.

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