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Emergency workers discuss strategy

September 11, 2007

Albany --  On this anniversary of 9-11, emergency response workers met to discuss their roles in times of crisis.

Police, paramedics, and elected officials met to review Emergency Management protocol in Dougherty County.

One of the worst disasters affecting those of us in South Georgia is droughts. Especially this year, as Dougherty County and 14 surrounding Counties are now beyond Extreme drought and are considered in Exceptional Drought.

"We have these meetings not only so we can associate a voice to a face, but we also know what that agencies capabilities are," said Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught. "So, we do that through training, groups like this where we get together, figure out what organizations are capable of so that during a real emergency we're not trying to reinvent the wheel."

One emergency contact method law enforcement will soon take advantage of is a reverse 911 system. 911 will actually call folks who live in areas where there is an immediate threat directly on their landline or cell phones.

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