Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
October 4, 2007
Cairo--It's no coincidence these first responders have joined together to study up on emergency management. "The president, through homeland security, have put out a directive that all cities that want federal assistance must be NIMS compliant," explains Interim Cairo Fire Chief, Roderick Jolivette.
NIMS, or the National Incident Management System was developed so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism. "Your best work in an emergency is done before the emergency. And if you're not prepared, you're not going to be able to respond," says city manager William Whitson.
Thursday the group worked through scenarios of possible incidents they may have to handle: everything from haz-mat situations to dignitaries visiting. "You have to have organization, so you have to have organizational charts, as well as picking an incident commander. We're looking at span of control issues so we don't want to have one supervisor doing too many tasks," Jolivette says.
Departments also looked at plans they have in place now, and ways they can improve them. "But our main thing is to learn how to prepare for incidents so we can take care of our citizens," says Jolivette.
Whitson adds, "We're looking at ways to set aside resources to prepare for that rainy day, and I think the citizens are well served by those types of proactive measures."
The NIMS training will carry on beyond these walls, and past this week. "This will be something that we'll continue next year and then continue to stay at that level beyond that point," says Whitson. They're committed to making sure all of their employees are up to snuff when it comes to emergency preparedness.