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 >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
May 30, 2006 by Alicia Eakin
Valdosta -- With the prediction of nine hurricanes this year, Floridians and South Georgians alike are making sure they're not caught off guard. In Lowndes County, where heavy rains pounded from hurricanes in the past, work is underway to make sure emergency workers can handle anything that happens.
For years, Valdosta crews have stockpiled road signs, sandbags, and barricades. Tools that will be critical if a bad storm hits. "With hurricane season upon us, if our road crews get called out in the middle of the night for storm damage or water on the road, they need to be prepared and have the supplies they need for traffic control and safety," Interim Public Works Director Robin White said.
Taking a look back at previous storms is also a key factor in preventing future problems. "We track the problem areas we've had from storm to storm and we try to do preventative maintenance during the seasons. Then we go respond back when we know there's a storm coming," said White.
They're now in the process of getting together tool kits for the public, educating them how to survive a devastating storm. "You need to make sure you can sustain yourself in your home at least 72 hours if we should get a forecast that will experience bad weather in South Georgia," said Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes. "The other thing is during an event listen to local emergency management."
NOAA Radio is one of the best ways to get those emergency forecasts and you can get it for as little as $35.00. If local communications are out, this battery powered radio will keep you informed.
A 24 hour phone bank will be established if a severe storm heads toward the Valdosta area. This Emergency Operations Center will provide information about the storm, supplies needed, and local shelters.