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Albany prepares for Tropical Storm Fay

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

August 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - City of Albany workers and Emergency Management continue to prepare in case Tropical Storm Fay impacts Southwest Georgia.

 Tuesday Water Gas and Light, 9-1-1 Center, and city of Albany workers tested the city's emergency siren system for the second straight day.

These tests are electronic, and the siren's do not sound. Then workers went to all the sirens, clearing vegetation that may be growing in it, and testing the back up batteries for each siren.

EMA and Public Health officials urge South Georgians to go ahead and put together an emergency kit, containing the supplies a family would need if an emergency knocks out power for several days. It would include food, water, flashlights, weather radio, and prescription medicine. Dougherty County EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught said "But regardless, we encourage people to have a safety kit available 24-7. Look at it like an insurance policy. You hope you never have to use it, but if you need it, it's there available for you."

We talked with several stores in the Albany area, and none said customers were stocking up on emergency supplies.

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