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Albany High students prepare for disaster

By Jay Polk - bio | email

September 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  We saw once again recently when Tropical Storm Fay whipped through south Georgia that disasters can strike anytime.

Some students at Albany High School are learning that preparedness is the key to surviving.

Seventeen sophomores and juniors are enrolled in a class called Emergency Disaster Preparedness.

It features guest speakers from around the community.

The Training Director for the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office told the class about various roles that law enforcement plays during an emergency.

Melinda Suber, who teaches the class at Albany High School said, "The class involves teaching the teenagers what all aspects are involved in a disaster situation, emergency medicines, hospital standing and police settings and public safety."

Capt. John Ostrander, the Training Officer for the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office said: "(The) primary role of law enforcement is, of course, to identify the disaster area and set up a perimeter around it and begin controlling access into and out of that area. We also need to provide security in the event of evacuations, help to facilitate those evacuations, and keep those areas secure and free from looters while the homeowners are away."

Ostrander said the current disaster plan for Dougherty County grew out of the aftermath of the 1994 flood.

The current plan stresses a team approach between the various responding agencies.

The class at Albany high is the only one in Dougherty County and one of the few in the State.

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