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Mitchell E-911 ready

November 15, 2006

Mitchell County-- As potentially severe weather rolled into South Georgia Wednesday night, emergency officials in Mitchell County were ready.

Mitchell County is designated as a National Weather Service Storm Ready county. The national program helps communities build the necessary communication and safety skills to save lives. From the Mitchell County E-911 Center, officials receive and transmit weather alerts.

They spent the day monitoring radar closely and called in extra dispatchers to work. The county has dealt with more than its share of severe weather and leaders take as many precautions as possible.

"We have made sure there was gas in vehicles, that there's fuel in the emergency generator that supplies the different emergency buildings. We have our correctional institute staffed and ready to respond to trees in the road," said 911 Center Director Clark Harrell.

Mitchell County became Storm Ready in 2002. It was the first in The Tallahassee National Weather Service region to earn the designation.

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