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Dougherty phones will ring during severe weather

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March 31, 2008

Dougherty County -- After the flood in '94, most Dougherty County residents know first hand the importance of being ready during a storm.

"I watch the news and I also have a closet that has everything just in case I have to get in there," said Kathy Adams.

"We make sure we know where to go which is the center of the house. And we also have a weather radio that we listen too," said Reginald Smith.

Sirens throughout the city of Albany also warn people to take cover, but not everyone hears them. "I have never heard one here since we've been over here. No I haven't," said Smith.

But soon they will get a phone call. "We call you from the 911 center, and let you know there is inclement weather headed your way, said Dougherty County EMA Deputy Director, Jim Vaught. 

And if the path of the storm changes, the weather service will directly call those in the way to get ready. "The way this system works is of the models the weather system uses. It can actually predict the speed and direction of the storm. So those people in that predicted area will get first notification," said Vaught.

A much needed service for those who live in unincorporated Dougherty County. There's a lot of elderly folks around here and they need to be warned," said Smith.

"I'm going to worry anyway, but yes this will make me feel better safer," said Adams. So though it may not completely ease your fears; it will notify you and potentially save your life.

Code Red is expected to be up and running within the next 10 business days.

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