Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:08:21 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Got a smart phone? WALB has two FREE APPS you shouldn't be without! Go to the Apple App Store if you have an iPhone and to Google PLAY if you have a DROID. Search WALB APPS, and install our weather andMore >>
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
May 6, 2004
Valdosta - When disaster strikes, being prepared is the key to a community's recovery. "Once a disaster hits, our community is on our own for the first 72 hours before we can get any federal or state help," said Ronda Scott, Pharmacist.
A big part of a community's emergency preparedness plan is accessing the Strategic National Stockpile. "It's 100,000 pounds of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies used to augment local supplies in case of a man-made or natural disaster," said Cliff Conrey, Emergency Preparedness Specialist.
And pharmacists are the most qualified people to dispense those drugs. The South Health District is trying to recruit these health professionals to their emergency preparedness team. "We've gone to every county within our district and talked to mayors, city leaders, and health care professionals," said Conrey. "We need approximately 1,000 volunteers and we have about 800 so far," said Scott.
Not only are pharmacists needed to give out medications, they're also wanted for counseling. "They'll be able to talk to the patients, help calm them down, and let them know how important it is to take the medication," said Lewis.
So if disaster strikes this community, a qualified team will be on hand to make sure everyone is taken care of.
The South Health District includes Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lowndes, Lanier, Tift, and Turner counties.